According to Nevada law, a person has set fire to a building, structure, or piece of property when they burn,scorch, or char the property, structure, or building. When a person sets fire to a building in Nevada, they most likely have committed arson. In Nevada, first degree arson is malicious or willful act of burning or setting fire to another person’s piece of property, a structure, or a building—occupied or unoccupied. Second degree arson is the malicious or willful act of setting fire to or burning an abandoned property. Anyone one who aids, finances, or counsels an individual in the act of arson is also guilty of arson.
How Is Fourth Degree Arson Defined in Nevada?
Fourth degree arson is the malicious and willful act of:
- Attempting to set fire to a building or property
- Attempting to burn a building or property
- Any act done to done prior to attempting to burn a property or building
- Any act to further the burning or setting fire to a property or building
- Distributing any combustible, explosive, or inflammable material or substance to burn or set fire to property or building
- Arrange or prepare to set fire or burn a building or property
- Finance the act of burning or setting fire to property
Thus, one can be convicted of fourth degree arson without having actually set anything on fire, so long as they either attempted to burn something that they did not have the right to destroy or helped someone set fire to property.
What Is the Criminal Punishment for Arson in the Fourth Degree in Nevada?
Fourth degree arson is a category D felony. If convicted of the crime, a person faces:
- One to four years in prison
- $5,000 fine
Do I Need an Attorney for My Fourth Degree Arson Case in Nevada?
It is vital that you talk to a Nevada criminal attorney about your criminal charge. Your attorney will work hard to fight the charge, get it dismissed, or reduced.