Arson Defense Lawyer in Fort Worth
Resilient Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
Arson is committed when an individual sets fire to a building, vehicle, or area of land such as a forest. In order for the act to be the crime of arson, an individual must carry out this action purposefully and not accidentally. When the arson takes place on federal property, or involves an area of commerce or trade, the crime falls under federal jurisdiction. Any arson crime that is under federal jurisdiction will lead to an investigation by the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau).
If you believe you may be under investigation for the federal crime of arson, you have no time to waste. My firm has a track record of success defending criminal cases in federal court. With years of experience under my belt as a federal criminal defense lawyer, I offer the professional counsel that is critical in the federal justice system.
Fighting Your Charges of Arson
Since arson can have a number of intended and unintended results, laws take into account both the defendant's purposes for setting the fire and the actual damage that occurred when creating sentencing guidelines. For example, when the individual set a fire with the intent to kill another person, the offense can be tried as capital murder. If convicted, the defendant could face a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty.
- If an individual dies or is seriously harmed as a result of arson, but the defendant intended only to cause damage to property, the offense could be filed as a first degree felony, with fines of up to $10,000 and a prison term of 5 to 99 years.
- For arson cases in which the defendant meant to destroy property and no individuals were harmed as a result of the fire, the resulting conviction is generally a second degree felony. Sentences for this scenario could include a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison term of 2 to 20 years.
- Courts can decide to elevate arson charges from a second degree felony to a first degree felony if the property involved is a home or a place of worship.
- In addition, courts may deem the fire a "deadly weapon" in some cases, which can result in increased penalties being imposed upon a criminal conviction.
While the penalties for arson convictions are serious, a Fort Worth criminal attorney can make a positive difference for your case. My proven record of successful results shows I understand how to negotiate reduced potential sentences or the complete dismissal of charges against my clients. The sooner you reach out to my firm, the sooner I can begin to craft a compelling defense on your behalf. Call us now to get started.
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Federal crimes are handled by some of the top career prosecutors in the country. My job is to level the playing field. If you are under investigation for arson, exercise your right to remain silent, and your right to an attorney. Your future and freedom must be protected by a talented and dedicated defense lawyer. Federal prosecutors have unlimited resources, including:
- Investigatory units
- Professional experts
They additionally take on fewer cases than a state prosecutor and are able to focus more of their time on serious cases. It is in your best interests to speak with me today if you or your loved one is facing arson charges or is currently under investigation.