September 13th, 2015

[ANON POST] Arson as a Juvenile in Oklahoma

Setting: Present-day Oklahoma

Situation: A 14 year old boy experiments with fireworks and other assorted chemicals in an abandoned building, setting it on fire. The building is damaged, but no people are injured except for himself. This is his first arrest of any sort.

I've learned about Oklahoma's Youthful Offenders Act, but it applies to "serious and habitual juvenile offenders 15 through 17 years of age" and he's none of those. It appears that first-time offenders have the option to go to various rehab programs for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies. Would arson qualify for that?

I can't find anything along the lines of sentencing guidelines to extrapolate from. The only crime that mandates someone of his age being tried as an adult is murder, so I doubt that would happen. Is it plausible that he'd be kept in a juvenile detention facility until he turns 18? Could his stay in one be shorter?