Colorado Revised Statutes 18-2-101 outlines criminal attempts.

A person can be charged with a criminal attempt when they have the intent to commit a crime, and take a substantial step towards committing the crime but fail to complete the criminal act. A criminal attempt is generally one offense level less serious of a crime than a completed crime.

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C.R.S. 18-2-101 states as follows: “(1) A person commits criminal attempt if, acting with the kind of culpability otherwise required for commission of an offense, engages in conduct constituting a substantial step towards the commission of the offense. A substantial step is any conduct, whether an act, omission, or possession, which is strongly corroborative of the firmness of the actor’s purpose to complete the commission of the offense. Factual or legal impossibility of committing the offense is not a defense if the offense could have been committed had the attendant circumstances been as the actor believed them to be, nor is it a defense that the crime attempted was actually perpetrated by the accused.”

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