Arson in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Arson is a serious crime in the State of Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, arson is defined as intentionally setting fire to property or personal belongings that results in either complete or partial damage. If someone is injured or their life or welfare is endangered as a result of arson, the penalties for this crime are especially harsh. There are four degrees of arson in Oklahoma, ranging from misdemeanor to felony.
Both third- and fourth-degree arson are misdemeanors in the State of Oklahoma and as misdemeanors, these infractions carry less severe penalties than felonies. Third-degree arson occurs when an individual intentionally sets fire to personal or farm property. Third-degree arson is punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or a maximum of 10 years in prison. Fourth-degree arson consists of intentionally setting fire to specific types of property. The punishment for a conviction for fourth-degree arson is a fine up to $5,000 and/or up to ten years in jail.
Both first- and second-degree arson are felonies in the State of Oklahoma. Both charges involve the intentional burning of a building, but the difference is whether or not the building is inhabited. First-degree arson consists of setting fire to or intentionally burning a building that is inhabited with the intent to either partially or completely destroy the property, as well as cause injury to a person inhabiting the building. The punishment for a conviction for first-degree arson is a fine up to $25,000 and/or up to 35 years in jail. Second-degree arson consists of setting fire to or intentionally burning an uninhabited or unoccupied building that results in either complete or partial damage to the property. Second-degree arson is punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 and/or up to 25 years in jail.
Protecting Your Rights
Arson is a serious crime that carries hefty penalties. If you or a loved one has been charged with arson, you need an experienced and aggressive attorney on your side to protect your rights. For more information about arson laws in Oklahoma or for a free, no-obligation review of your case, fill out the online form or call our office today.