The state of New York recognizes different degrees of arson, all of which are based on certain criteria like if you occupied the property, you intentionally caused the fire, or a person was seriously injured. All of the offenses are taken seriously, but first-degree arson is the most severe, situated alongside first-degree murder. Find out the different types of arson offenses, their penalties, and how a proficient Rockland County criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway can help to reduce or eliminate these charges altogether.
In the state of New York, there are five different types of arson offenses realized. Their distinctions read as follows:
And with the differing degrees of arson, there are differing consequences. For one, first-degree arson is considered a class A-1 felony in the state of New York, which constitutes a maximum life sentence in prison or a minimum sentence of anywhere between 15 to 40 years. As for second-degree arson, this class B felony calls for a prison sentence of anywhere between five to 25 years.
Third-degree, fourth-degree, and fifth-degree arson are considered a class C felony, class E felony, and class A misdemeanor, respectively. With that, the penalties are as follows:
And with all of these charges, you are facing potential fines and restitution. To defend these potential charges against you, it is in your best interest to employ the services of a talented Rockland County, NY criminal law attorney.
Attorney Conway is a Spring Valley criminal attorney and is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. Contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation today.