Arson is knowingly starting a fire or causing an explosion which unlawfully damages the property of another. Arson is almost always either a Class "A" or Class "B" Felony.
When is Arson a Class "A" Felony?
Arson is a Class "A" felony if the property damaged is an occupied building that the offender knew was occupied or a historic structure.
When is Arson a Class "B" Felony?
Arson is a Class "B" felony if the property is the offender's or another's known property, or if the fire was started with the intent of collecting insurance money. Other reasons for a Class "B" felony include: starting a fire which causes serious bodily injury, a fire which places an adjacent occupied structure in danger of damage, the property damaged is real estate, or property damaged is worth an excess of $1000. Any other instance of Arson is a misdemeanor, carrying different levels and severity depending on what was burned and the type of danger presented.
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