In Jacksonville, Florida, Arson can be charged as first-degree arson or second-degree arson.
Under Florida Statute Section 806.01, first degree arson occurs when the defendant willfully and unlawfully, or while committing a felony, damaged a dwelling or structure by fire or explosion. A dwelling does not need to be occupied. However, a structure must be one that is normally occupied by people or the defendant knew or should have known was occupied. This is a first degree felony.
However, if the structure in question is (a) the defendant’s property or (b) is not one that is normally occupied by people or the defendant knew or should have known was occupied, it is second-degree arson which is a second degree felony.
If you have been arrested for arson or anticipate an arrest, contact a Jacksonville Florida Arson Attorney to advise you further. Arson is a serious crime and a Jacksonville Florida Arson Lawyer can help you through this stressful time. Contact our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers by email or by calling 904-685-1200.