There are 5 degrees of arson in New York, including misdemeanors and felonies. Prosecutors in arson cases aggressively pursue a conviction. If you are charged with arson and convicted, you could receive 1 year to 25 years of incarceration, as well as fines and a criminal record. In addition to criminal penalties, this can impact much of your life in the future, including your ability to get jobs or loans. To receive the most favorable outcome in an arson case, you need an experienced and dedicated attorney to defend you.
At The Vitaliano Law Firm, we believe that everyone deserves effective representation. Criminal law and defense in New York can be complex, and it’s essential that you work with attorneys who understand the state and its local laws. Our attorneys have worked in the state and the Staten Island area for years, and we have experience working as the prosecution. This provides us with unique insights into how the prosecution works and how to defend you.
Facing any criminal charges can be terrifying. Penalties may be severe, and your future could be at risk. When you are in criminal court, you are facing state prosecutors. They have immense resources and time to create the case against you. You need to work with an attorney who can work just as diligently to mount an effective defense that negates or limits the charges and penalties you face.
Arson is the act of deliberately setting a fire as well as the resulting damage to property. Arson convictions rest on the act being intentional and willful. There are several factors that impact how arson is charged:
Based on these factors, arson is charged in 5 different degrees.
The penalties for degrees of arson charges include:
No matter what degree of arson you are facing, a criminal defense attorney is necessary to mitigate your charges by arguing for a lower-degree sentencing. In some cases, an attorney may be able to eliminate the charges against you.
Criminal law is not easy to navigate without a skilled and experienced attorney. If your defense is not effective and comprehensive, you may face jail time, imprisonment, fines, and a criminal record that can impact your entire future. An arson defense attorney can review the facts of your case and use their years working with cases like yours to find the most ideal solution. If your rights were violated, or if there is insufficient evidence against you, a defense attorney knows how to leverage that information in your favor.
To convict you of arson, the prosecution must prove that you willfully and intentionally started the fire. This can potentially be difficult, and a skilled attorney can advocate for your rights. The prosecution has the burden of proving that you had the intent to start the fire or that you set one at all. Potential defenses include:
A: The sentence for arson depends on the degree charged. The lowest severity charge is fifth-degree arson, and sentencing is up to a year in jail or 3 years of probation. This charge is a misdemeanor. All arson charges other than fifth-degree arson are felonies. The highest charge, arson in the first degree, carries a sentence between 15 years and life.
A: Arson is when someone willfully and deliberately starts a fire or causes an explosion that leads to property damage. This is an illegal act that results in criminal charges. Conviction of arson charges could result in several years of probation, fines and restitution, along with anywhere from 1 year in jail to 15 years to life in prison.
A: Whether arson is a felony or a misdemeanor depends on the severity of the charge. Fifth-degree arson is a misdemeanor, while other arson charges are felonies. Determining the degree of arson that the offense is charged depends on several factors, such as if anyone was injured or in danger and whether the person intentionally started the fire.
A: The highest arson charge is arson in the first degree. The factors that turn a lower arson charge into a first-degree charge include:
It’s essential to protect your future. Contact The Vitaliano Law Firm today to hear how we can help you defend your case.