Atlanta Arson Lawyer
Are you being investigated for arson?
In 2010 there were nearly 100,000 cases of property damage in Georgia. This number was reported by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division and included crimes such as arson. Arson is defined under
Georgia code Title 16 – Crimes and Offenses – Chapter 7 – Damage to and intrusion upon property - Article 3 – Arson and explosives § 16-7-60 as when a person uses fire or explosives to knowingly damage or causes another to damage a home, building, vehicle, watercraft or aircraft. In 2010, there were 1185 cases of reported arson in Georgia and there are around in the state 1500 every year. Punishment varies on the circumstances and the extent of the damage. The court can punish those convicted by a fine up to $50,000 and imprisonment from one to 20 years. An accusation of arson is a serious matter and should be dealt with in a timely manner.
Prior to the filing of any charges, arson cases are usually painstakingly investigated for months or even years. Although many people under investigation retain a lawyer after they have been charged, it is a damaging mistake to one's case not to seek legal counsel immediately. Having a federal defense attorney at The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, PC on your side will help assure that your rights are being protected and fought for. Contact us for a consultation and we will carefully weigh the key aspects of your case and determine if we can help.
Any arson or attempted arson is a felony under federal law if it influences interstate commerce or foreign trade. The ATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives is the agency in charge of arson, and investigates cases meticulously and aggressively. It should come as no surprise that an average law firm is not able to successfully take on your federal case and win, and that a firm with a proven track record in federal court proceedings is needed to help you hold your own against federal agencies and prosecutors. Attorneys in our firm have practiced on both the prosecution and defense sides of the law since 1975 and know the various tactics used by the prosecution to try and get a conviction. With our intimate knowledge of federal law and of the strategies the prosecution employs, we will work to expose the flaws in the case and help you evade altogether or at least minimize the charges against you.
Defending Arson Crimes
Clients come to our law firm for help because of our reputation for success. The firm is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the State Bar of Georgia. The founding attorney Howard J. Weintraub has represented hundreds of individuals facing criminal charges and focuses on helping his clients by providing aggressive legal counsel. He has represented clients such as National Integration Specialists Corporation, Inc., Ameristar Mortgage Corporation, and International Christian Fellowship, Inc. We are proud to have been recognized by the public as well as by our peers, judges and prosecutors. Some honors received in our 39 years of combined experience include:
- AV® Rated
- Super Lawyers
- Preeminent Lawyers
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Commendations from : FBI, IRS, US Secret Services, SBA, US Attorney General and US District Judge