Arson is the act of intentionally setting fire to property. The property can belong to the arsonist or it can belong to someone else. The reason for the fire is improper motive rather than an accident. A common motive is setting fire to property in order to benefit from the insurance settlement. Another reason is just for the sake of destroying something, or in some cases, setting fire to someone’s property is done out of revenge.
If you or a loved one has been accused of arson, it is important that you seek out the proper representation so you can defend yourself. With the help of an experienced Mankato criminal defense attorney, you can prove the facts in your case so you can strive for the best possible result.
Fighting For The Best Result
Your attorney will fight for you, regardless of innocence or guilt. Mistakes are made, but that shouldn’t influence the rest of your life in the worst possible way. Instead, you deserve a chance, and we will fight for the best possible future.
There are five degrees of arson that you can be charged with and each depends on the value of the property, what was used in the arson, and the intent behind the act. The following are brief descriptions of each charge:
- First degree arson – Using explosives or a fire starting device to damage property via fire with intent, whether people are present in the property or not.
- Second degree arson – Using explosives or fire to damage or destroy real property or a structure that is vacant. The property is valued over $1,000.
- Third degree arson – Intentionally destroying real or personal property that is valued between $300 and $999.
- Fourth degree arson – Using explosives or fire to cause damage to personal property or a structure that is not defined by the first three degrees.
- Fifth degree arson – Setting fire to personal property of any value.
- Wildfire arson – Intentionally setting fire to material in nature.
- Negligent fires – The fire is caused by negligence, such as not taking the proper measures to contain a fire.
First degree arson is the most serious of the charges with fifth degree arson being the least serious of the charges.
Strategic Criminal Defense
Your southern Minnesota criminal defense attorney will provide you with a strategic defense that relies on the facts. Even when there is guilt in the matter, the offense may not constitute the most serious charge. This means that you may not have to pay the maximum penalties. This is why it is important to choose to be represented by a competent and dedicated attorney.
Contact A Mankato Criminal Defense Lawyer
Arson is a very serious crime regardless of how extensive the damage. If you or a loved one has been accused of arson, it is very important that you seek the representation of a qualified criminal defense attorney. To learn more about your rights and options, contact Farrish Johnson Law Office at 507-625-2525 to schedule a free consultation.
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