Have you been accused of arson?
Given the dry conditions in Southern California and the potential for any type of fire to spread rapidly and do great damage, it is not surprising that arson crimes are investigated and prosecuted aggressively by the authorities. If you have been accused of any type of arson crime, it is imperative to consult an experienced arson defense attorney such as Chambers Law Firm immediately. We will work hard to protect your rights and interests and provide the strongest possible defense.
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Types of Arson Charges
The California Penal Code describes a variety of arson charges and penalties, depending on what the intent of the arsonist was, what type of property was burned, how much damage was done, and whether or not anyone was hurt or killed. The main types of California arson crimes include:
Arson: Any willful or malicious burning of someone else’s property—from a trash can to an entire building or tract of land—can qualify as arson. This type of arson is always charged as a felony.
Reckless Burning: Even an accidental blaze can result in the arson charge of reckless burning if you started the fire through a reckless disregard for safety. A common example would be throwing a cigarette into dry grass.
Aggravated Arson: Enhanced penalties for aggravated arson can apply for repeat offenders as well as for arson crimes involving the burning of multiple structures, substantial injury to a first responder, or substantial injury to multiple victims.
Arson Homicide: If someone is killed as a result of a fire you set, you could be charged with murder, specifically murder under California’s felony-murder rule, and a special circumstance murder could also be alleged, exposing you to life in prison without possibility of parole .
Chambers Law Firm Knows How to Fight Arson Charges
Arson cases often involve highly complicated forensic evidence. Fortunately, at Chambers Law Firm we will not be intimidated. We know how to interpret arson investigation reports and look for any possible evidence that could support your defense. For example, it might be possible to argue that there is insufficient evidence to show the fire was set deliberately or that you were the person who started the fire.
In cases where the evidence against you is strong, we can still be of service as your arson defense attorney by helping to protect your rights during your interactions with police and by negotiating with the prosecution for a favorable plea deal that exposes you to the least possible charge and penalty.
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Because time is of the essence when responding to a serious charge such as arson, Chambers Law Firm is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please do not hesitate to call us at 714-760-4088 if you need defense representation for any kind of arson charge.