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There are several degrees of arson, most of which are intentional and all of which are serious charges. Arson can either be described as setting fire to your own property or to another person’s property. In some cases, setting fire to your own property may lead to an insurance fraud investigation. No matter the type of arson charge, the key factor is that there was likely a degree of intent behind the act. Just how serious that degree of intent was will determine how severe the sentencing is – or if you get convicted at all.
There are five degrees of arson, ranging from intentional to mostly unintentional:
It’s in your best interest to work with a defense attorney experienced in arson defense laws. There will likely be many factors influencing your charges and their outcomes. For example, forensic fire investigators will investigate the scene to find the cause of the fire, whether or not it was intentional, and what method was used to start it. Likewise, your charges will depend heavily on the value of the property.
All of these factors will be thoroughly examined during your trial, and finding a flaw in even one argument can drastically affect the outcome of your case. Therefore, an experienced attorney will know how to identify and exploit these flaws to your advantage. Furthermore, your attorney will try to have your charges and/or sentence reduced, even if you’re convicted. For example, certain evidence could be used to drop your felony charges to a gross misdemeanor, which would significantly reduce your sentence.
The Knutson+Casey Law Firm works with clients in Mankato, Austin, Owatoona, and surrounding communities. We’re firm believers in a defendant’s right to have an effective and competent defense team. We have exceptional experience across a broad spectrum of criminal defense specialties, including arson defense. Because of our meticulous and exhaustive approach, we often have our clients’ charges reduced or dismissed. We can’t guarantee a dismissal, but we can pledge our full attention and best work. Contact us today for a free consultation.