- First Degree Arson – C.R.S. 18-4-102
- Second Degree Arson – C.R.S. 18-4-103
- Third Degree Arson – C.R.S. 18-4-104
- Fourth Degree Arson – C.R.S. 18-4-105
Information on the Four Degrees of Arson
First Degree Arson
When charged with First Degree Arson, C.R.S. 18-4-102, in Loveland, Estes Park or Windsor, great care should be taken to make no statements to law enforcement. This class three felony offense can be charged when a home or building is burned. If an explosive is used, there is mandatory prison time.
Second Degree Arson
Second Degree Arson is listed at C.R.S. 18-4-103, and is a class four felony in Larimer County. Under this alleged crime, a person will be accused of burning the non-building property of another without their consent. This might be a car, trees, or crops. It can be charged as a felony if the damaged property is valued at $100 or more.
Third Degree Arson
The crime of Third Degree Arson is often charged by fire investigators or the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department when a fire is set, or an explosion occurs, intentionally with the intent to defraud. Usually, an insurance company claim is involved. This class four felony under C.R.S. 18-4-104 can result in a two to six year prison sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Fourth Degree Arson
Finally, Fourth Degree Arson results from the knowing or reckless starting or maintaining of a fire which places another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury, or if a person places a house or building in danger. This charge can result in a class four felony on the high end if people were endangered, all the way down to a class three misdemeanor, if low value property was endangered.
Larimer County Arson Charges: How an Arson Lawyer Can Help
As you can see from a brief description of each of these Arson charges, Larimer County and the State of Colorado take explosions and fire setting seriously. Don’t misconstrue the kind approach of police or fire investigators who wants to speak with you. Always contact an experienced Arson lawyer if you’ve been charged or accused of Arson in Colorado.