Virginia Beach Arson Lawyer
Fighting For The Justice You Deserve
Arson is the intentional or malicious burning of a structure or property
in order to cause damage or bodily injury to another individual. If you
have been accused of committing arson in Virginia, it’s imperative
to retain legal representation from our
Virginia Beach criminal lawyer immediately.
The following factors must be proven to convict an individual on arson charges:
- The fire was started intentionally
- The accused person started the fire
- Malicious intent
The punishment for an arson conviction depends on a number of circumstances.
If the dwelling was unoccupied at the time of the alleged arson, then
the charge is a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence
between two and 10 years and a fine of up to $100,000. If the dwelling
was occupied, then the charge is a Class 1 felony, which is punishable
by life imprisonment or death and a fine of up to $100,000. Even if you
are accused of assisting an arson, you can be also be punished for a Class 1 felony.
If the crime was the malicious burning or destruction of a meeting house
(courthouse, townhouse, college, school, retail establishment), it is
a Class 3 felony is anyone was in the building and a Class 4 felony if
no one was present.
Other circumstances, along with their associated punishment, include:
- If personal property destroyed was valued at more than $200 – Class 4 felony
- If personal property destroyed was valued at less than $200 – Class
- Arson committed as a result of another type of felony attempt – Class 4 felony
- Maliciously setting a land fire – Class 6 felony
- Carelessly damaging fire by fire – Class 4 misdemeanor
Seek Legal Services From Our Virginia Beach Criminal Defense Attorney
At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, we are dedicated to conducting
our own investigation and gathering the necessary evidence to give you
an aggressive and personalized defense. With 15 years of experiences,
our legal team is capable protecting your rights and freedom.
Contact us to schedule your free consultation. We have offices located in Virginia
Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk.