What is Arson?
Arson is defined as intentionally setting a fire that destroys property such as a home, business, vehicle or any owned structure, whether it is inhabited at the time of the fire or not. Law enforcement agencies in Florida are tough on arson, and if any person, including a firefighter, lost his/her life because of the fire, the punishment will be significantly more severe.
Arson charges sometimes go hand in hand with other charges, such as the destruction of evidence or insurance fraud if it is proven that the fire was set deliberately in order to obtain an insurance settlement. The penalties for arson varies from case to case, but if found guilty, the person may be fined up to $10,000 and/or 15 years in jail. However, in some cases where loss of life occurred as a result of the fire, the accused could be facing up to 30 years in prison.
What To Do If You Are Facing Arson Charges
When facing arson charges, it is important to realize the gravity of the situation. What may seem like a minor case can easily result in significant, life changing penalties. You can be convicted of arson if proof indicates your involvement in a fire that destroyed property, even if the damages were minimal. It is essential that you contact a seasoned Florida arson attorney as quickly as possible to gather evidence in your favor and protect your rights as a citizen.
If you, or a loved one, are accused of arson in Florida, contact me today. Do not give a statement to law enforcement officials without first speaking to an attorney. Due to the sensitivity of arson case, you need an experienced professional by your side to guide you in your defense. With years of experience defending clients against arson charges, I can provide you with the expertise and resources needed to obtain the best outcome possible in your case.
For a consultation to discuss the charges against you, contact me today at 1-305-433-0497.