In the Commonwealth of Virginia, arson is a serious crime with severe penalties. Depending upon the circumstances such as property value or the object burned, maliciously setting a fire can range from a Class Three felony or a Class Four misdemeanor. Penalties associated with these charges range from imprisonment from one to twenty years and a fine to be determined by a judge or jury. Juveniles in the Commonwealth convicted of arson-related charges face the same criminal statutes and related penalties.
The Fire Marshal's Office also investigates crimes involving improvised incendiary devices and improvised explosive devices. In these cases, responsible individuals face felony charges with one to ten year imprisonment terms and a fine not to exceed $2,500.