Gillette Arson Defense Attorneys
Arson is a severe crime in Wyoming, and the state has strict laws to punish those convicted of this offense. Arson is the willful and malicious burning of any structure, vehicle, or other property. This can include buildings, homes, cars, and other structures. Typically, the penalties for arson depend on the value of the property that was damaged or destroyed.
Arson is a serious offense that can result in jail time, fines, and a criminal record. If you are accused of arson, it is vital to hire a lawyer to help you navigate the legal process and defend your rights. Steven Titus & Associates P.C. can help you understand the charges against you, the prosecution's evidence, and your options for pleading guilty or going to trial. Contact our attorneys today to get started on your defense if you face arson charges. Call (307) 257-7800 today to schedule an interview.
First-Degree Arson. First-degree arson is a felony offense that is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines. In addition, in some cases, the offender may be required to pay twice the insurance coverage on the damaged or destroyed structure. This crime can significantly impact the lives of the victims, their families, and the community, so these are the most serious of arson charges reserved for those who willingly and maliciously cause severe damage to properties or structures.
Second-Degree Arson. When a person sets fire to cause damage to a structure to collect insurance claims, they are guilty of second-degree arson. Second-degree arson is punishable by ten years in prison and has a fine of twice the value of the insurance amount.
Third-Degree Arson. An accused person is guilty of third-degree arson if they knowingly start a fire or explosion to cause bodily injury or put someone’s life at risk. Third-degree arson also covers reckless damage to another property valued at $200 or more. This crime is punishable by up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines for property damage.
Fourth-Degree Arson. An individual will be charged with fourth-degree arson if they intentionally start a fire or explosion that destroys or damages another person's property valued at $200 or less. If an individual is found guilty of fourth-degree arson, they may face punishment such as imprisonment for one year or less, a penalty of $750 or less, or both imprisonment and fine.
If you face arson charges, your lawyer could use a few possible defenses on your behalf. One is that the fire was accidental. This could be the case if, for example, you were using dangerous chemicals or equipment that caught fire. Another possible defense is to argue that you were not the one who started the fire. This might be the case if there was another person present who could have started the fire, or if there is evidence that someone else started the fire. Finally, your attorney could argue that the fire was not intended to cause damage. This might be the case if, for example, you started a small fire in a trash can to stay warm.
In most cases, you will not be charged if you accidentally start a fire. However, the answer depends on the severity of the fire and the jurisdiction in which it occurred. If the fire was caused by negligence or recklessness, then it is possible that you could be arrested and charged with a crime. However, if the fire was caused by accident and there is no evidence of criminal intent, then it is unlikely that you would be arrested. If you are unsure about the circumstances of your case, you should consult with an attorney.
If you have been accused of arson, you must hire a lawyer as soon as possible. Arson is a grave crime and you will need an experienced Gillette criminal defense lawyer to help you navigate the legal system. Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. will be able to investigate the allegations against you and build a strong defense. Contact our experienced attorneys today at (307) 257-7800 for a free consultation.
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