It’s difficult to imagine a crime more horrible, at least on a big scale, than arson. Arson occurs when someone intentionally sets fire to destroy a place be it public or private. Arson is a very serious crime and a very serious accusation that could land a suspect in jail for a long, long time. Moreover, if anyone was severely injured or killed in an arson incident, the charges could be much much worse. But what if someone is innocent? What if the fire was a freak accident?
Are you or someone you know a suspect in an arson case? Consult with an experienced crime defense attorney in your local area to discuss your case.
According to the FBI, over 56,800 arson cases are reported each year. Criminals who commit arson normally have a motive. Below are some of the more popular motives in criminals who commit arson:
In most arson cases, it it learned that the guilty party set fire to their building to collect insurance money to get out of debt or simply work the system. Different states and jurisdictions can punish these crimes differently according to their own laws. Each state has its own laws regarding arson and its potential charges and fines. In most cases, arson is thoroughly investigated by a professional to determine whether or not the fire was intentional.
Of course, there’s also the chance that it was an accident. There have been reported cases in which a building had caught fire and appeared as arson but was in fact an accident. It takes a very unstable person to commit a crime like this. In cases which the person is innocent it is best to act quickly. Anyone who is a suspect in an arson case should contact a lawyer to discuss their options.
If you or someone you know is a suspect in an arson case, don’t wait. One of our lawyers may be able to help. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in your local area today!