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Oklahoma Arson Attorney

The reason behind arson may range from economic gain to pure malice. Regardless of the motive, setting fire to a building or dwelling is an extremely dangerous act that may result in severe criminal punishment, and rightfully so. Due to its very nature, fire is often times impossible to control, and the simple act of setting one structure ablaze may ignite a chain reaction that could spread further than ever intended. Oklahoma arson is divided into degrees:

First Degree Arson in Oklahoma

Any person who willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns, or by the use of any explosive device, accelerant, ignition device, heat-producing device or substance or while manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance in violation of subsection G of Section 2-401 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, destroys in whole or in part, or causes to be burned or destroyed, or aids, counsels or procures the burning or destruction of any building or structure or contents thereof, inhabited or occupied by one or more persons, whether the property of that person or another, or who willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns, or by the use of any explosive device, accelerant, ignition device, heat-producing device or substance or while manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance in violation of subsection G of Section 2-401 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, causes a person to be burned, or aids, counsels or procures the burning of a person, shall be guilty of arson in the first degree, which is a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) or be confined to the State Penitentiary for not more than thirty-five (35) years or both.

Second Degree Arson in Oklahoma 

Any person who willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or by the use of any explosive device or substance or while manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance in violation of subsection G of Section 2-401 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes destroys in whole or in part, or causes to be burned or destroyed, or aids, counsels or procures the burning or destruction of any uninhabited or unoccupied building or structure or contents thereof, whether the property of himself or another, shall be guilty of arson in the second degree, which is a felony, and upon conviction of felony thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00) or be confined in the State Penitentiary for not more than twenty-five (25) years or both. 

Third Degree Arson in Oklahoma

Any person who willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or by the use of any explosive device or substance destroys in whole or in part, or causes to be burned or destroyed, or aids, counsels or procures the burning of any property whatsoever, including automobiles, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, boats, standing farm crops, pasture lands, forest lands, or any other property not herein specifically named, such property being worth not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00), whether the property of himself or another, shall be guilty of arson in the third degree, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) or be confined in the State Penitentiary for not more than fifteen (15) years.

Any person who willfully and maliciously, and with intent to injure or defraud the insurer, sets fire to or burns or by use of any explosive device or substance destroys in whole or in part, or causes to be burned or destroyed, or aids, counsels, or procures the burning or destruction of any building, property, or other chattels, whether the property of himself or another, which shall at the time be insured against loss or damage by fire or explosion, shall be guilty of arson in the third degree, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00), or be confined in the State Penitentiary for not more than fifteen (15) years or both. Arson in the third degree is a felony.

Fourth Degree Arson in Oklahoma

Any person who willfully and maliciously attempts to set fire to or burn or attempts by use of any explosive device or substance to destroy in whole or in part, or causes to be burned or destroyed, or attempts to counsel or procure the burning or destruction of any building or property mentioned in Sections 1401, 1402 or 1403 of this title shall be guilty of arson in the fourth degree, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) or be confined in the State Penitentiary for not more than ten (10) years or both.

The placing or distributing of any flammable, explosive or combustible material or substance or any device in any building or property, in an arrangement or preparation with intent to eventually willfully and maliciously set fire to or burn or to procure the setting fire to or burning of same, shall for the purposes of this section constitute an attempt to burn such building or property, and shall be guilty of arson in the fourth degree, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or be confined in the State Penitentiary for not more than ten (10) years, or both. Arson in the fourth degree is a felony.

If you or a loved one has been charged with arson in Oklahoma, time is of the essence. You need an experienced Oklahoma criminal defense arson attorney, and you need one right now. Call the Law Offices of Adam R. Banner, P.C., and retain an accomplished attorney ready to fight for your rights. Call us today at (405) 778-4800 for a free consultation.

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