What is Arson – Second Degree?

The crime of Arson in the Second Degree is a Second Degree Felony in Florida and is punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 15 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

This offense occurs when a person:

The offense of Arson – Second Degree occurs when a person:

Willfully uses fire or an explosion to damage any structure, whether the property be of himself or another.

Defenses to Arson – Second Degree

Some of the defenses to Arson – Second Degree are:

  • Exception for Personal Property
    • This exception means that if you burn your own property, intentionally or not intentionally, and it is not connected to another crime, such as intent to commit fraud, it may be used as a defense. 
  • Lack of Intent to Damage the Property of Others
    • Accidental fires are not arson. 


State v. Mayle, 406 So. 2d 108 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1981). 

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