Arson is the deliberate act of setting fire to a house or property.
Keep in mind that there are many different types of arson type crimes. These would be including setting fire to one’s property with the intent of fraud. Although most arson cases involve structural buildings setting fires to boats or land can also be a crime.
There are different degrees of arson and they are classified depending on what type of degree the fire happens. Factors that can cause attentional fires to be classified different will be if a fire was set while the building was occupied. There are different types of law enforcement agents that help solve these types of cases the investigation can take a long time to piece together. Months or even years to charge a person from these types of cases.
There are such things as serial arsons and they are someone who frequently will start fires and even stay in the area to watch the fire burn and see firefighters put the fire out. Because an arson has potential risks to life and property these are always felony offenses. If no one is hurt and the damage is not significant then that person may be charged with a misdemeanor.« Back to Glossary Index