Depending on the severity of the offense, arson can be charged in three different degrees. For example, 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 cases and investigates these cases meticulously and aggressively.
The three degrees classified as the following.
- First Degree: This occurs when a person causes damage to another person’s home, building, vehicle, or any other form of structural property with fire or explosives.
- Second Degree: This occurs when a person encourages or helps another person damage another person’s property with fire or explosives.
- Third Degree: This occurs when a person damages another person’s property and the state proves that the property had a value of $25 or more.
It is important to seek legal help immediately if you have been charged with arson. When you have an Atlanta criminal defense attorney from Weintraub & Alper Legal on your side, you can trust that a skilled legal advocate is protecting your rights.
If you have been arrested for arson, it is crucial to seek legal representation right away. Your record and rights may be in danger. To discuss your case, contact a criminal defense attorney from Weintraub & Alper Legal today! Give us a call today!
What Are the Penalties for Arson?
Depending on the nature of the offense, prosecutors may bring first, second, or third degree charges against arson defendants. Although punishment varies based on the circumstances and the extent of damages, a person facing arson charges can face a variety of penalties.
Consequences may include:
- A fine up to $50,000
- Imprisonment from one to 20 years
- A felony record
- Repayment of damages
- Punitive charges
- And more
Our lead attorney, Howard J. Weintraub, has practiced law since 1975. As a former prosecutor, he knows the various tactics used by the prosecution to pursue 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.
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