what is arson?

by Vincent Rivera, Kansas Criminal Defense Lawyer

Arson is:

Arson is typically setting fire to build or property out of enjoyment or purposes of fraud. It can also be setting fire to land, forest or a boat. Arson cases have a wide range of charges due to the chaotic nature and extensive damage that can be caused.

Arson is if a person knowingly or accidentally, by means of fire or explosive, damage any building or property with the intention to injure or defraud an insurer of the property or the owner of the property. Arson is also damaging any property or building by fire or explosive as a result of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance. Arson is considered a property crime in the state of Kansas.

Punishments tend to be a more severe felony charge due to the potential to cause injuries or death. For this reason, you will need a trial lawyer who has the experience and knows the law. If you or a loved one has been charged with Arson contact Vincent Rivera immediately at (913) 210-0844 for a free consultation.

Arson is committed for many reasons including but not limited to committing fraud by burning down property to collect quick insurance settlements.

There are six main reasons Arson is committed:

  1. Vandalism
  2. Excitement
  3. Revenge
  4. Crime concealment
  5. Profit
  6. Extremism

Aggravated arson is:

If Arson is committed while a person is in the building or property that is considered Aggravated Arson.

Also, If a firefighter or law enforcement officer receives great bodily harm or disfigurement while fighting or investigating the fire that too is considered Aggravated Arson.

Being charged with Arson can have severe consequences. If you or a loved one have any questions or need counsel from an experienced criminal defense lawyer contact The Rivera Law Office immediately.

Arson is a Felony Charge:

Level 6, Person felony (minimum 32 months imprisonment)

  • Knowingly, by means of fire or explosive damaging any building or property which is a dwelling (a house, apartment, or other place of residence.) in which another person has any interest without the consent of such other person.
  • Knowingly, by means of fire or explosive damaging any building or property is a dwelling (a house, apartment, or other place of residence.) with intent to injure or defraud an insurer or lienholder; is a severity level 6, person felony;

Level 7, nonperson felony (minimum 15 months imprisonment)

  • Knowingly, by means of fire or explosive damaging any building or property which is not a dwelling (a house, apartment, or other place of residence.) in which another person has any interest without the consent of such other person.
  • Knowingly, by means of fire or explosive damaging any building or property which is not a dwelling (a house, apartment, or other place of residence.) with intent to injure or defraud an insurer or lienholder.

Level 7, person felony (minimum 22 months imprisonment)

  • accidentally, by means of fire or explosive as a result of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance damaging any building or property which is not a dwelling (a house, apartment, or other place of residence.).

Level 3, person felony (minimum 89 months imprisonment)

  • Aggravated arson is committed upon a building or property in which there is a human being and results in a substantial risk of bodily harm.
  • Aggravated arson which results in great bodily harm or disfigurement to a firefighter or law enforcement officer in the course of fighting or investigating the fire.

Level 6, person felony (minimum 32 months imprisonment)

  • Aggravated arson is committed upon a building or property in which there is a human being and results in a no substantial risk of bodily harm.

Vincent Rivera specializes in Criminal Defense, Felony and Arson.

Rivera Law, LLC represents clients in Johnson County and Wyandotte County, Kansas including cities of Olathe, Overland Park, Leavenworth and Douglas.

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