Arson Cases

Generally, when a building catches on fire, we assume that the incident occurred due to natural or accidental causes. There is, after all, a nearly endless list of ways a fire may start: lightning strikes, faulty wiring, pilot light accidents, kitchen disasters, etc. Sometimes, though, the investigation after a fire takes place may reveal that it could have been set intentionally. The individual suspected of maliciously setting the fire may be charged with the crime of arson.

Being accused of and charged with arson is not a matter to be taken lightly. Defendants who are found guilty can be given extremely serious sentences that will permanently affect their lives. If you are facing arson charges, contact the Dallas criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your case and make sure your rights are defended.

Types of Arson Cases

Depending on the severity of the incident, arson cases can fall into three primary categories:

  • First Degree Arson – In these cases, the fire causes the serious injury or death of one or more individuals, in addition to the severe damage suffered by the building in which the fire took place. In extreme cases, individuals found guilty of first degree arson may face the death penalty.
  • Second Degree Arson – Arson where a significant amount of structural or property damage is done. In many cases, the premises is completely destroyed or damaged beyond repair.
  • Misdemeanor Arson – These cases are much less serious than the cases above, as much less damage is done by the fire. Misdemeanor arson may accompany criminal mischief or destruction of property charges.

The potential punishments faced by defendants in cases will generally directly relate to the severity of the crime.

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If you have been charged with arson, you must act quickly to make sure your rights are protected. Contact the Dallas criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to help make sure you receive a fair trial. To explore your legal defense options, call (214) 845-7007 today.

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