Gainesville Arson Defense Attorneys
Arson is the deliberate and malevolent burning or charring of a structure or property. Previously, a crime was only considered arson if a person set fire to a house or residence of another. Nowadays, arson laws have been expanded to include the destructive burning of commercial property, forest land, boats, and even personal property. Even if you burn your own building– for the purpose of insurance fraud or otherwise– you could still be charged with arson. If you have been arrested for arson, the knowledgeable attorneys at DeCarlis & Sawyer can help.
Degrees of Arson
Like many states, Florida has different degrees of arson: first degree and second degree arson. The determining factor between the degrees is the type of structure that was damaged or destroyed. Damage to any kind of residence is considered first degree arson, while damage to any other structure or building is considered second degree arson. The penalty for first degree arson is up to 30 years in prison, and the penalty for second degree arson is up to 15 years in prison.
The defendant may also be susceptible to additional charges on top of the crime of arson. Additional charges could include:
- Falsely reporting a bomb
- Making or attempting to make a bomb
- Threatening to discharge a bomb
- Discharging a bomb
- Setting fire to defraud an insurance company
Obtain Quality Legal Advice
Being charged with arson can have significant, life changing consequences. If you or a loved one have been charged with arson, you need a qualified criminal defense attorney on your side to ensure that you do not accrue additional unnecessary charges. The experienced lawyers at DeCarlis & Sawyer will work closely with clients and investigators to build a strong case. Contact us for a complimentary initial consultation and gain sought-after legal advice. You will not be charged unless one of our attorneys wins your case.