attempt to commit arson

attempt to commit arson
An intent to commit arson and a direct, ineffectual act done toward the completion of the offense. An intent to commit the offense, plus preparations for commission, as by gathering combustible materials for kindling a fire, is not sufficient; there must be an act directed toward completion of the offense. State v Taylor, 47 Or 455, 84 P 82; 5 Am J2d Arson § 15.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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