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Arizona Arson Accusations

By Knowles Law Firm, PLC  Nov. 18, 2010 12:43p

Arson is a serious criminal offense with extremely harsh penalties. Arson is defined as the act of intentionally damaging, attempting to destroy or destroying a building or property by starting a fire intended to do the destruction. Nearly every form of arson is a felony offense, which can result in 6 months to nearly 13 years or more in federal prison. These are extremely serious penalties, and can utterly ruin or detriment a convicted person's life. If you have been charged or arrested for arson, it is highly important for your future and freedom that you contact a Tempe arson lawyer as soon as possible to begin the process of building a defense against the prosecution.

There are differing levels of destruction and severities for arson crimes, so there are many different correlating penalties. Arson, or the unlawful damaging by fire or explosion, of a structure or property which is unoccupied can result in up to nearly 4 years in state prison depending upon the value of the property that was damaged or destroyed. If the property is valued more than $,1000 dollars, a minimum of 1 to 3.75 years in prison is a possible conviction penalty.

In the situation of the burning of an occupied structure such as a home, apartment, hotel or other occupied building the felony conviction penalties are extremely increased. These types of crimes are punishable by 12 years of prison or more. If a person is injured or killed in the commission of the crime, the punishments are more severe and can result in additional prison time, up to life in prison.

Arson Lawyer in Tempe

If you or a loved one is facing charges or is accused or arrested for an arson crime, you are at risk of serious penalties to your life. You need the help of a criminal defense attorney with the knowledge and experience to help you make an effective stand against the prosecution. At the Knowles Law Firm, PLC you can find the legal guidance you need to protect your rights and receive the best chance for a favorable outcome.

Contacta Tempe Arson Attorney at our office today for a free initial consultation.

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