Arson may be one of the most scientifically involved property crimes to defend. Many times they are investigated by fire marshals, law enforcement and even insurance companies. It is important to have access to top experts and investigators.
In Missouri the crime of arson consists of knowingly damaging a building or inhabitable structure by starting a fire or causing an explosion. What the prosecution can prove and how they prove is where that becomes tricky.
First degree arson is a class B felony. If convicted, it carries a prison term of 5 to 15 years. First degree arson can be charged as a class A felony if a person has suffered serious physical injury or has died as a result of the fire or explosion set by the accused or as a result of a fire or explosion started in an attempt by the accused to produce methamphetamine. If convicted, a class A felony carries a prison term of 10 to 30 years.
Second degree arson is a class C felony. If convicted, it carries a prison term of up to 7 years. Second degree arson can be charged as a B felony if a person has suffered serious physical injuryor has died as a result of the fire or explosion allegedly set by the accused. If convicted, a class B felony carries a prison sentence of 5 to 15 years.
Attorney John Schleiffarth fights arson charges with a fiery passion to help extinguish the charges facing his accused clients. JCS Law fights for freedom and we look forward to help you or a loved on facing these serious charges.
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