Deliberately and maliciously setting fire to property of another or to wild land areas is the crime of arson. A judge will not be sympathetic to an arsonist and will ensure that the offender is given the full punishment he or she allegedly deserves. You may find it difficult to find employment and maintain a family life. However, in our judicial system a person is innocent until proven guilty.
If you have an arson charge against you, it is important that you contact a Fort Myers criminal attorney immediately. Our competent lawyers at Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law defend clients charged with many kinds of criminal offenses. They can help you with your arson defense case.
Some arson cases are complicated, such as setting fire to one's own property to collect insurance compensation. The degree of severity of the crime determines how arson cases are prosecuted in court. First-degree arson involves harm or death to persons. Second-degree arson results in significant destruction of property.
The penalties can be very harsh and may include:
In court, a prosecutor presents evidence against the defendant. A criminal defense lawyer can challenge the evidence for its validity and accuracy. Any violations of the law during apprehension, arrest, or search can weaken a prosecutor's case. The goal of a criminal defense lawyer is a defendant who has his or her charges dropped or decreased. Some lowered charges could include court-mandated counseling, rehabilitation and community service.
A criminal charge can affect you for the rest of your life. It is important that you contact us today for a consultation with one of our criminal defense lawyers. We have experience in aggressively defending many criminal charges including arson.
Contact a Fort Myers Arson Lawyer if you need defense against an arson charge.