Fifth-Degree Arson

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Under Rhode Island Criminal law, Fifth-Degree Arson may be found under Rhode Island General Laws, Section 11-4-6.  This offense penalizes the conduct of knowingly and intentionally attempting, by means of fire or explosion, to cause, procure, aid or counsel the damage or destruction of any property which it may be unlawful to set fire to listed in First, Second, Third, Fourth-Degree Arson offenses.

Any person who knowingly causes, aids, procures or counsels by means of fire or explosion the damage or destruction of any unoccupied building, structure or facility the property of that person or another

Legal Elements of Fifth-Degree Arson

In order to be convicted of Fifth-Degree Arson, there must exist strong evidence of the following legal elements:

  1. that the defendant caused, procured, aided, counseled the damage or destruction of any property
  2. that the defendant did so by means of fire or explosion
  3. the defendant did so knowingly and intentionally
  4. that property was the type listed in First, Second, Third, or Fourth-Degree Arson

Potential Punishment if Convicted of Fifth-Degree Arson in Rhode Island

Under Rhode Island criminal law, a conviction for Fifth-Degree Arson is a felony.  Convicted defendants shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not less than one (1) years nor more than twenty (20) years. This penalty may be found at Rhode Island General Laws, Section 11-4-6.


If you have been charged with Fifth-Degree Arson and need representation, contact the Rhode Island Arson Attorneys of the Law Office of John L. Calcagni III by email or call today at (401) 351-5100 to schedule a free consultation.