San Diego Arson Defense Attorney
Arson: Intentional & Malicious Burning
Arson is the intentional and malicious burning of any building, structure,
property or land. Arson is considered a violent crime in California and
carries extremely harsh penalties for the convicted.
Arson is charged as a felony in California and carries prison sentences
ranging from 16 months to life in state prison, depending upon the circumstances.
Fines of up to $50,000 or more may be imposed, and the offender will be
required to register with law enforcement authorities as an arsonist.
Some cases involve fires set in natural areas, and the costs of fighting
the blaze could be part of your penalty. When injury results or in cases
in which the accused individual has a prior arson conviction, enhanced
penalties will be imposed by the court.
What Is the Purpose of Working with an Experienced Lawyer?
If you have been charged with arson, it is important to consult a San Diego
criminal defense attorney immediately who can advise you about your options
to defend against the accusation. The ramifications of a conviction are
extensive, including a long prison sentence, as well as the requirement
to pay back the city or state for any costs related to fighting and putting
out the fire.
Even if you are under investigation and no charges have been filed, an
attorney that takes fast, effective defense actions could make all the
difference in the outcome of the investigation. By observing your constitutional
rights and hiring an attorney, you can take the necessary steps to avoid
incriminating yourself or supplying law enforcement officials with information
that will be used to support your arrest and be used to assist in the
prosecutor's case against you.
Schedule a free case evaluation with our San Diego defense lawyer today!
What Penalties Can I Expect?
Arson charges will carry different penalties depending upon a number of
factors. A skilled criminal lawyer can investigate the situation, seek
out the weaknesses in the case, and craft a defense strategy to help you
fight back. The goal for all of our clients is to pursue the best possible
outcome. The options could include getting a full case dismissal, reduced
charge, or seeking an acquittal. Attorney James N. Dicks is qualified
to represent you in state or federal court regarding your arson charge.
His experience and dedication make him a force to reckon with in and out
of the courtroom.
Federal Charges of Arson
If your case involves a fire on federal land, the charges will be filed in
federal court, a very serious legal situation. The federal prosecutor will be highly
motivated to get a conviction, as is their duty. If a fire was started
in any national park or on other federal lands, your attorney must be
admitted to practice in federal court, and should have a served in this
capacity for many years. The federal court system is completely separate
from the state system in all matters, including personnel, judges and
penalties. In some cases, both state and federal charges could be filed.
Free Consult with a San Diego Arson Lawyer
Get help from the professional criminal attorney at JD Law. The lead attorney
has extensive experience in federal court, and has the ability to craft
a compelling, intelligent and persuasive defense case, and is highly skilled
in challenging evidence and cross examination of witnesses. He has been
called upon to train other criminal lawyers in this critical aspect of
defense law, and is highly skilled in establishing reasonable doubt in
the minds of a jury.
Contact JD Law without delay if you are facing state or federal arson charges.