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Virginia Beach Arson Lawyer

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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

Arson Penalties

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 1 misdemeanor
  • 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 20+ years of experience, our legal team is capable of protecting your rights and freedom.

Contact us to schedule your free consultation. We have offices located in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk.