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ARSON DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
MARYLAND & VIRGINIA LAWYERS DEFEND ARSON CASES
Arson is usually defined In Virginia & Maryland as setting a deliberate and intentional fire to a structure, building or piece of personal property.
Arson is a felony, with a very real risk of incarceration if convicted.
There are three main reasons why most people commit arson in Virginia & Maryland.
Arson for Financial Gain in Virginia & Maryland
The first reason is “for profit”. Fire destroys, and if a building, dwelling or valuable piece of property is destroyed, then insurance claims can be made to cover the loss. If a piece of property or building in Virginia or Maryland has little or no financial value to the owner, but cannot be easily or profitably sold – then some owners may take to arson to “correct” this problem. The insurance value may be worth more than the actual street value – and setting an intentional fire will make it possible to file claims for complete loss of property.
Plus, even if insurance fraud doesn’t enter the picture, fire makes it easier to dispose of the real property, as there is no longer any building or dwelling sitting on top of it.
This principle can also be taken with objects of financial value such as works of art or costly items that would be difficult or impossible to replace.
Arson for Revenge in Virginia & Maryland
In this world people do many things out of revenge. Virginia & Maryland residents are no exception. Domestic violence can spiral out of control, and one partner to the relationship may try to injure the other through acts of arson – hoping either to ruin the other partner financially or to outright kill them. Arson is chosen to cover ones tracks, as fire tends to destroy evidence.
Disgruntled firefighters have also been known to start fires in order to seek revenge for a job related matter or other issue. Since they have intimate knowledge of how fires start, these rogue firemen can prove very difficult to apprehend.
Another form of revenge arson is politically motivated. Burning down abortion clinics is an example of politically motivated revenge.
Arson for Fun or Kicks in Virginia & Maryland
These acts are the hardest to prevent or predict, as there is usually no other motive than the thrill of seeing something burn. Juveniles are especially prone to set fire to abandoned buildings. This is more than just a prank gone haywire, since many times abandoned buildings house the homeless, and setting a fire can be tantamount to committing murder.
Setting intentional forest fires is another example. Especially in Virginia with its expansive wooded areas, this can be a major problem. The person or persons starting the conflagration gain no financial benefit or satisfy no personal vendetta.
They simply want to see a forest burn.
It should be noted a person can be convicted of arson even if they do not physically participate in actually setting the blaze. The laws in Virginia & Maryland clearly state that anyone who aids, counsels, or procures the materials to assist in the arson is equally liable under the law.
A related crime is that of reckless burning. This involves illegally setting fire to something other than a building or dwelling, such as leaves or trash. In Virginia & Maryland, reckless burning is considered a lesser charge.
The purpose of this law is to protect areas of high risk from fires that could get out of control and cause more widespread damage.
SRIS PC - Our lawyers in Virginia & Maryland provide Arson defense
If you’ve been arrested in Virginia or Maryland for arson or even reckless burning, the first and most important thing to do is finding the right lawyer skilled and experienced in these particular aspects of criminal defense. The courts in Virginia and Maryland won’t look lightly upon these offenses – so being represented by attorneys familiar with all aspects of these complex statutes is to your distinct advantage.
When you need an attorney with specific experience in handling arson cases in Virginia or Maryland, you’ll get an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the specific statutes in these respective jurisdictions.
Our firm has attorneys in Virginia & Maryland – all committed to providing the best defense possible for clients accused of serious felonies such as arson.
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