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Defending Against The Complexities Of Arson Charges

Arson, broadly defined, is the burning of another’s property. The exact charge depends on what was burned and whether the person setting the fire did so recklessly or knowingly.

At Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, we have almost 40 years of combined experience. In those decades, we have defended those charged with arson offenses across Arizona. We know the law when it comes to property damage crimes and will uphold it to protect your rights and future.

The Details Of Reckless Burning

A person commits reckless burning by recklessly — not intentionally — causing a fire that damages essentially any property. Reckless burning is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to six months in jail, three years’ probation and a maximum fine of $2,500.

Steep Consequences When The Fire Was Knowingly Set

A person commits arson of a structure or property by knowingly damaging a structure or property by knowingly causing a fire. There are different levels of this offense based on what was set on fire and the value of the property.

Arson of a structure

Arson of a structure includes a building, vehicle or any place with sides and a floor used for “lodging, business, transportation, recreation or storage.” This offense is punishable by up to 3.75 years in prison, four years’ probation and a maximum fine of $150,000.

Arson of an occupied structure

A person commits arson of an occupied structure — one where individuals are present or likely to be present — by knowingly damaging and causing a fire to an occupied structure. This offense is punishable by up to 12.5 years in prison, seven years’ probation and a maximum fine of $150,000.

Arson of property valued at over $1,000

Arson of property over this amount is punishable by up to 3.75 years in prison, four years’ probation and a maximum fine of $150,000.

Arson of property valued at over $100

Arson of property over this amount is punishable by up to 2.5 years in prison, three years’ probation and a maximum fine of $150,000.

Arson of property valued at $100 or less

Arson of property with a value of $100 or less is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail, three years’ probation and a maximum fine of $2,500.

Developing A Customized Defense Strategy

Our experienced attorneys may present evidence to show the lack of intent to cause damage or set the fire, lack of recklessness in causing the damage or fire, or other defenses.

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