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Definition & Penalties of Arson in Idaho

According to Idaho state laws, the definition of arson varies by degree, but the term is generally applied to any crime involving willful destruction of property or land by fire or explosion.

If you have been accused of arson, you must speak with a criminal defense lawyer immediately in order to protect yourself form the harsh consequences of a criminal conviction. Failure to secure representation quickly or at all could result in severe, life-altering penalties, regardless of the degree of arson with which you have been charged.

Typical penalties for arson in Idaho are as follows:

Arson in the First Degree

Idaho Code § 18-802 defines Arson in the First Degree as the deliberate burning of dwellings or other structures where persons are normally present (such as hospitals, department stores, jails, etc.) or where the accused would have had reason to believe there was at least one person present. Section 18-802 also states that willful destruction of property through burning or explosion if they do so with the intent to deceive an insurer or other party with legal or financial interest, or if they do so in order to obtain financial compensation for themselves or another party.

Normal penalties for Arson in the First Degree include up to 25 years in prison, a maximum fine of $100,000, or both.

Arson in the Second Degree

Idaho Code § 18-803 defines Arson in the Second Degree as the willful, unlawful damaging of any structure that does not qualify the responsible party for charges of Arson in the First Degree. (This typically refers to buildings and other structures that the accused person may not have necessarily had reason to believe was inhabited by other people.)

Normal penalties for Arson in the Second Degree include up to 15 years in prison, a maximum fine of $75,000, or both.

Arson in the Third Degree

Idaho Code § 18-804 defines Arson in the Third Degree as the deliberate, illegal destruction of real property, personal property, or forest land through fire or explosion. (“Real property” here means land of any kind, including land used to grow crops, and “personal property” refers to tangible possessions, even those that are not directly connected to the land.)

Normal penalties for Arson in the Third Degree include up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $50,000, or both.

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