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Degrees of Arson.
The severity of charges and sentencing related to an alleged arson are determined by the varying degrees of arson. The severity of the charges can be determined by whether or not someone was hurt or killed as a result of the fire. Another factor which may heavily affect the charges or sentencing is the value of the property that was damaged as a result of the intentionally set fire.
If someone was killed as a result of the fire, the arsonist will likely be charged with murder. The proximity of a residence in relation to the fire can also be a factor. Whether or not the structure that was burned was a residence as well as the time of day the fire was set can also be major factors in the determination of the degree of arson.
If it is alleged that the fire was set to obtain insurance monies, the alleged arsonist will likely be charged with insurance fraud as well.
As with any other criminal charges, the prosecutor of the arson case must be able to prove each and every element of the case against the offender completely and beyond any reasonable doubt. The Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Lawyers at the Ault Firm are dedicated to proving the innocence of our clients. We will work hard to bring any weaknesses in the prosecution’s claims to light and in turn prove your innocence. We have extensive contacts with the local arson investigators and can have an expert review your case.
If you have been charged with arson or any other serious crime, please call the Ault Firm, where our Utah criminal defense attorneys can immediately get to work on your case. You need someone who will fight aggressively to prove your innocence and to maintain your freedoms that are guaranteed by the Constitution.