Arson is the crime of knowingly and maliciously setting fire to a structure, property or wild land area. Examples include deliberately setting fire to another person’s property and setting fire to one’s own property to collect insurance compensation. Arson is a serious offense in Arizona that is classified as a felony.
Law enforcement thoroughly investigates fire crimes. Those charged with arson in Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler or Gilbert could be subject to several years in jail. The serious nature of arson makes it imperative that defendants charged with this felony recruit a Mesa arson lawyer to examine their case.
Reckless burning is less serious than arson, but not a crime that should be taken lightly. Unlike arson, people who did not intend to start a fire can be charged with reckless burning, so long as their reckless actions are to blame. Because those charged with reckless burning did not intend to start a fire, Arizona classifies the crime as a misdemeanor. Before determining that a fire case is properly classified as reckless burning, however, law enforcement thoroughly investigates the case. Anybody facing criminal charges in a fire case should have a criminal law attorney evaluate their evidence and protect their rights.
JacksonWhite’s arson and criminal law attorneys help those facing charges of arson and reckless burning obtain optimal resolution under the law.