Seventh-Degree Arson

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Under Rhode Island criminal law, Seventh-Degree Arson may be found under Rhode Island General Laws, Section 11-4-8. This offense penalizes the conduct of knowingly and intentionally having a bonfire in any public street, road, square, land or rotary without permission.

Legal Elements of Seventh-Degree Arson

In order to be convicted of Seventh-Degree Arson under Rhode Island criminal law, there must exist strong evidence of the following legal elements:

  1. that the defendant made a bonfire in any public street, road, square, land or rotary
  2. the defendant did so knowingly and intentionally
  3. that the defendant did so without special permission from the local governing body

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

Under Rhode Island law, a conviction for Seventh-Degree Arson is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100). This penalty may be found at Rhode Island General Laws, Section 11-4-8.


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