Dunwoody Arson Lawyer
The law in Georgia takes claims of arson very seriously, and an accusation of arson can permanently affect the rest of your life. You need an Dunwoody arson lawyer protecting your legal interests and defending your rights throughout the legal process. At Hawkins Spizman, our team of highly qualified legal professionals is prepared to advocate for you. Call or contact the office today to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
Georgia Arson Laws
Georgia separates arson into three different degrees: first, second, and third degree arson. First degree arson involves knowingly damaging or encouraging another person to damage, with fire or explosives, an occupied or unoccupied dwelling, building, or vehicle that belongs to someone else, that is insured against fire, with the intent to defraud a co-owner or spouse, or when it is reasonably foreseeable that it may endanger someone’s life.
Second degree arson involves knowingly damaging or encouraging another person to damage, with fire or explosives, any other property that belongs to someone else for a reason that is not listed under first degree arson.
Third degree arson involves knowingly damaging or encouraging another person to damage, with fire or explosives, any personal property valued at over $25 if it belongs to someone else, is insured against fire, or is done with the intent to defraud the rights of a co-owner or spouse.
Penalties for Arson
Arson is a felony offense in Georgia, with penalties increasing with the seriousness of the arson degree. Third degree arson includes penalties of one to five years in prison and fines up to $10,000. Second degree arson conviction comes with one to ten years in prison and fines up to $25,000. First degree arson includes penalties of one to twenty years in prison and fines up to $50,000. In addition, civil penalties including restitution to the victim may also be ordered in an arson conviction along with a permanent criminal record as a felon, which will show up on any background check for jobs, schooling, and housing.
You Need an Experienced Lawyer
An experienced arson defense attorney is your best chance at overcoming accusations of arson in Georgia. A knowledgeable defense attorney understands the laws, the applicable defenses, and will examine every element of the case. We will investigate how evidence was collected and whether your rights were violated at any point in the legal process. A lawyer will work to find every hole in the prosecution’s case and be able to make the best possible arguments for your defense in court. Your attorney will be there through every step of the legal process, from arrest and interrogation, at arraignment, plea negotiations and throughout the trial, if necessary. To learn more, call our office today.
Call or Contact Our Dunwoody Criminal Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been accused of arson in Georgia it is critical that you speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Call the office or contact us today at Hawkins Spizman to schedule a free consultation of your legal case.