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    Littler Mendelson, P.C.

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • The Nixon Firm, LLC

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Spencer E. Davis, Jr., P.C.

    Arson Lawyers | Summerdale Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Summerdale Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Hernandez & Associates Law Firm

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Jonathan C. McCardle, Attorney at Law, LLC

    Arson Lawyers | Fairhope Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Fairhope Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Gordon G. Armstrong, III, P.C.

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Dentons Sirote

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Jones Walker LLP

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Law Office of W. Donald Bolton, Jr.

    Arson Lawyers | Foley Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Foley Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Rockwell & Kaufman, LLC

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Burr & Forman LLP

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Attorney at Law

    Arson Lawyers | Gulf Shores Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Gulf Shores Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Gilmore Law Firm

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • DeenLaw, PC

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • W. Gregory Hughes, P.C. Attorney at Law

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Briskman & Binion, P.C.

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Clay, Massey & Associates, P.C.

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Law Office

    Arson Lawyers | Magnolia Springs Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Magnolia Springs Office | Serving Elberta, AL

  • Overstreet Law, LLC

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

    Arson Lawyers | Mobile Office | Serving Elberta, AL

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How Is Arson Defined?

The broader definition of arson, and the one most popularly used, is property damage via fire or explosion to privately-held property.

Arson can also occur if you intentionally cause destruction or damage by fire. If you start a fire that burns a home or business or causes forest fires and burns non-structures, such as crops, you could be charged with arson.

Arson is also defined as an attempt to, or an act of, destroying property or assets belonging to the United States — or which the federal government is responsible for — by fire or explosive.

What Are The Types of Arson?

There are six types of arson: single, double, triple, mass, spree and serial. The first three types refer to the number of different points of fire that are started to create a single blaze. Mass arson refers to four or more fires set at the same location to create a single fire, while an arson spree refers to a situation in which fires are set at three different locations at roughly the same time (accounting for travel, but with no lengthy period of time in between). A serial arsonist, by contrast, would be if you are responsible for setting multiple fires over a period of time.

Motives can also differentiate between the types of arsonists, from profit to revenge to pure excitement. Attempting to conceal a crime is another popular reason for arson.

What Are The Degrees of Arson?

Arson is typically charged by degree or severity of the crime in most jurisdictions, with the majority of the states aligning with either a three or four-degree system.

Fourth-degree arson, where applicable, applies to an act of attempted arson. Penalties are generally the lightest in response to this degree of the offense, as compared to the more serious types that actually result in property damage or loss of life.

Third and second-degree arson refer to situations in which a property, area or structure is burned down or damaged by explosives with nobody present. Charges are generally escalated from third to second-degree arson if the degree of property damage is substantial, often based on the monetary value cost as a result of the offense.

First-degree arson generally applies whenever an act of arson is committed upon an area or structure in which people are present, or if people are not known to be present yet the fire results in the grievous bodily harm or death of someone within the structure or area. As can be expected, charges of first-degree arson result in much heavier penalties if you are convicted than the previous degree of the crime.

What If the Arson Is Accidental Arson?

If intent to create the fire or cause the explosion being charged cannot be established, this may present a problem for the prosecution.

In many jurisdictions, reckless burning is a stand-in charge for situations in which individual(s) started an unlawful and unwanted fire resulting in damage. The penalties for reckless burning are usually much less serious than those given for the crime of arson.

Can Arson Charges Be Dropped?

It is possible for arson charges to be dropped by the prosecution. Usually, the dropping of charges comes in response to a strong position adopted by an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Lack of intent is one of the most viable defenses against arson charges. If there is a definite lack of substantive evidence to show that you intended to start a fire or create an explosion resulting in damage to a person or property, you may be able to get the charges dropped entirely.

How Much Does an Arson Lawyer Cost?

The price schedule for attaining adequate legal counsel when facing arson charges rests on a very flexible sliding scale. Attorney fees can often range anywhere from $150 to $700 per hour and up.

Based on those ranges, a misdemeanor arson charge can cost you between $2,000 to $4,000 to defend (to provide an estimated range) while felony charges are much more expensive and often cost in excess of $10,000, depending on whether a favorable plea bargain can be easily negotiated or whether your case has to go to trial.

Expenses can go even higher if there is a great deal of nuance and research involved in your case, or if your case is expected to drag out in trial (by the estimation of your attorney). Please note: The estimates above are provided as an example only, and are not a guarantee that an attorney will charge that particular amount.

Are You Charged with Arson?

If you are suspected of arson or have been arrested for arson, you should consider hiring an Elberta criminal defense lawyer who handles arson cases as soon as possible. The lawyer can protect your rights and defend you in court.

How Do You Find An Experienced Arson Lawyer?

The more experienced a lawyer is in legal practice, the more likely they may be able to bring about a successful resolution to your case.

Look for information about a lawyer’s experience and ask questions during the initial meeting. It’s a good idea to ask how many years they have been practicing law and the expected outcome of your case.

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you’ve suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

Top Questions to Ask a Lawyer

  • What is the usual process to resolve my case? How long will it take to resolve this?
  • What are likely outcomes of a case like mine? What should I expect?

An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic “road map” on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you’ve laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it’s possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff – a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment – A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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