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What is the minimum sentence for arson?

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As of 2011, in the United States, the minimum sentence for Arson is three to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine. This sentence is for arson in the third degree, which encompasses fires not intentionally set that caused significant bodily harm or damage.

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What is the minimum sentence for arson?
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Arson in the second degree is defined as aggravated arson, which entails the defendant setting fire to a structure to cause damage or bodily harm or to collect money. It carries a sentence of five to 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine.

Arson in the first degree is also known as arson for hire. The defendant is paid to set fire or cause an explosion. This crime leads to a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years and a fine up to $200,000.

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