Causing damage to a house or structure by fire or explosion is defined as arson in the State of Florida. It is considered a serious and particularly heinous crime, and if you find yourself accused, it's advised you seek the counsel of an experienced West Palm Beach criminal lawyer to navigate your case to the best possible results.
Here at Law Offices of Richard Tendler, those are exactly the kind of results we pride ourselves on. We're ready to bring an informed voice to your arson case. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
The State of Florida classifies the crime of arson as a second degree felony into two different categories: first degree and second degree arson. The deciding factor here between the two crimes is the type of structure that is damaged. If it is any kind of residence, it is considered first degree. Damage to any other kind of structure is considered second degree arson.
Penalties resulting for Arson in the State of Florida:
In addition to the main crime of arson, the accused is often susceptible to additional charges. These include threatening to discharge a bomb, falsely reporting a bomb, discharging a bomb, making or attempting to make a bomb, and setting a fire to defraud an insurance company. Sometimes these charges can be filed in addition to arson while in other cases they are filed on their own, but they all carry significant sentences that call for the guidance of a defense lawyer.
When you contact us, we can explain the differences between each of the complex charges associated with arson and can advocate with the State Attorney's Office on your behalf to ensure that no excess charges are filed unnecessarily.
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