Even if a [wex:defendant] fails to fully complete a crime, he or she can be charged with attempt, i.e. in the case of an uncompleted or [wex:inchoate offense]. While the requirements for proving attempt vary by jurisdiction, generally [wex:specific intent] must be shown (even if the underlying crime was a [wex:general intent] or strict liability offense) as well as a substantial step towards actually committing the crime itself.
See, e.g. U.S. v. Resendiz-Ponce, 549 U.S. 102 (2007).