Arson involves lighting another’s property or a wild area of land on fire with deliberate and malicious intent. An arsonist should not expect to be treated very mercifully by the court. The effects of a damaging fire are wide-reaching, sometimes ruining thousands of acres, hundreds of homes, and countless lives.
Penalties for arson typically include the following:
- Prison or jail time
- Steep fines
The motive for setting fire to a property varies. In some cases, an individual sets fire to his or her own property in order to obtain compensation from insurance. The level of destruction that occurs will significantly influence the degree of crime that you face. For instance, if other individuals were injured or died as a result of the fire, you could face first-degree arson charges. If a substantial amount of property is destroyed, you could face second-degree arson charges.
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Once in court, the prosecution will present their evidence against you. Our criminal defense team can effectively question the accuracy and validity of this evidence. Additionally, we can investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest. If any of your rights were violated during a search or arrest, our team can use this to your advantage and weaken the opposition’s case against you. Our goal is to fight for reduced or even dismissed charges. Reduced charges could mean that you have to attend court-mandated counseling, community service, or rehabilitation.
If you are facing charges of arson, you might find your personal or professional relationships becoming strained and you could be facing serious penalties. 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.
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.
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