Arson is when someone intentionally or recklessly starts a fire or explosion that results in property damage, bodily harm, or death to others. Examples include setting fire to buildings, cars, or other structures, burning crops, or building a campfire that spreads and causes damage to the environment, property, or other people.
The penalties for an arson conviction are severe and depend on the damage caused and whether anyone was injured. A felony conviction can also impact someone’s ability to find work or suitable housing. Here are examples of possible penalties:
- Arson causing bodily injury or death: First-degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Arson causing damage to a habitation or place of worship: Second-degree felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison, and up to $10,00 in fines.
- Arson causing damage to a building or vehicle: Third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Reckless arson: State jail felony, punishable by six months to two years in jail, and up to a $10,000 fine.
It’s important to note that if a person is killed as a result of the arson, the accused could also face additional charges of murder or manslaughter. Our team has extensive experience assisting clients with serious criminal charges. We have the resources to conduct our own investigations at the alleged crime scene to find evidence that law enforcement may have missed to strengthen your defense. If you or a loved one has been charged with arson, Call today for a free and confidential consultation at (806) 372-5711