Many crimes specify specific punishments for attempts to carry out the crime. As it would be too tedious to list all those here, this section will address the general penalties for Attempts.
Cal. Pen. Code s. 664 lays out the punishment for Attempts that are not specified elsewhere in the Penal Code. In general, Attempts are punishable by up to half the maximum allowable punishment for the underlying crime. Therefore, if the Attempt is for an underlying misdemeanor, the maximum sentence would be six months in jail and up to half the maximum fine for that crime.
If the attempt is willful, deliberate, and premeditated murder, though, the sentence will be imprisonment for life with the possibility of parole. If the attempt is for any other crime where the maximum punishment is life in prison or death, the sentence for the Attempt will be five, seven, or nine years in prison.
Additionally, if the attempted murder is against a peace officer, firefighter, or custodial officer who is on duty and the defendant should have known the victim was one of these people, the sentence will be life in prison with possibility of parole. Cal. Pen. Code s. 664 (e) .