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.

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.