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Successful convictions of arson in California carry with them severe, life-altering consequences that should not be taken lightly or shrugged off. Arson is committed when a person intentionally sets fire to property, a structure or forest land. These types of crimes can be considered a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the individual circumstances and nuances of each case. If you have been accused of arson, it is imperative that you do not waste any time in securing the assistance of an experienced, aggressive defense attorney as quickly as possible.
Consequences of arson can vary depending on the severity of the crime. If the arson resulted in great bodily injury to another person, you can be imprisoned anywhere from five to nine years. If the arson resulted in only damage to a property, it will instead result in a stay in state prison either for sixteen months, two or three years. Other extenuating circumstances such as previous convictions, the injury of a firefighter, peace office or other emergency personnel, or the damage to multiple structures can also have enhancements placed on the punishment, resulting in a longer sentence.
At Okabe & Haushalter, we are compassionate to the need for tenacious legal defense if you are currently facing criminal charges of arson. Successful criminal convictions can forever hinder and cripple you, leaving you not only with long-lasting punishments but also the permanent mark on your criminal record. You cannot afford to simply leave things such as this up to chance. Our legal team has a reputation for creative, aggressive defense; if you choose to work with us, you can breathe easier knowing that we are doing everything possible to defend your rights.
Contact Okabe & Haushalter today to receive your initial case consultation.