There are five degrees of arson in New York. Arson in the fifth degree is a misdemeanor crime, while third- and fourth-degree arson are considered felony crimes. First- and second-degree arson are both classified as violent felonies and carry the very harshest punishments.
The degree of arson depends upon a variety of factors, including:
- The motivations of the accused individual
- The materials used to start the fire or cause the explosion
- Whether or not a bystander could have been affected by the fire
- Whether or not anyone was actually injured by the fire
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