When someone is convicted of willfully setting fire to a home where someone is present, a structure (a building with a roof) in which people are normally present, or a structure where the suspect knows a human is present, the crime is considered Arson in the first degree. This is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. If someone sets fire to any property where a person is not present or in danger, this is considered Arson as a second degree felony. (even is it is your property) This crime is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
There are also sub-crimes associated with Arson in Florida. If you commit an arson and any person is injured in any way, this is a first degree misdemeanor. If the harm to another is great bodily harm, this is a second degree felony. Preventing the putting out of a fire is also a crime. If you interfere with the Fire Department putting out the fire, you can be arrested for a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Please contact our Jacksonville Arson Attorney for a Free Consultation at (904) 365-5200.