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Although there are numerous categories of arson crimes in Illinois, this offense is serious no matter how you are charged. Defined as using fire or explosives to knowingly damage property valued at $150 or more, arson charges can result in harsh penalties and you should pursue every possible avenue to defend yourself. Fortunately, you can begin doing exactly that when you contact our experienced firm.
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How are arson crimes punished in Illinois?
The specific penalties for an arson offense depend on the details of the crime and where it was committed. Illinois law has several different categories, each with varying penalties. The consequences can become more serious if the accused has any prior criminal history.
Arson charges and their penalties include:
- Aggravated arson: Occurs when the arsonist knowingly damages a building and they should have known that another person was present inside, or that the person suffered as a result. Classified as a felony, aggravated arson is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
- Residential arson: Occurs when the arsonist knowingly damages any building that is the dwelling place of another individual. Residential arson is a felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
- Possession of explosives or explosive devices: Occurs when a person possesses, manufactures, or transports any explosive device and intends to use it to commit a felony. This is considered a felony, punishable by no less than four years in prison.
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