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Arson – Defendant Acted Willfully and Unlawfully or During the commission of a Felony and That a dwelling or structure where persons are normally present is burned.

Tampa Arson Attorneys

Explanation of Arson

Arson is a crime generally understood by the public to encompass the unlawful destruction of property by the use of fire or an explosion. An allegation of arson is a serious one and should not be taken lightly by any defendant. If you have been charged with arson it is important to quickly retain a criminal defense lawyer and begin defending such an accusation. The State of Florida has many laws punishing conduct for the various arson crimes. The most common arson crimes charged in Hillsborough county are:

Arson – First Degree Fla. Stat. § 806.01(1),
Arson – Second Degree Fla. Stat. § 806.01(2), and
Arson – By Fire Bomb Fla. Stat. § 806.111.

If found guilty of first degree arson, a defendant can face up to thirty years in prison even if nobody is injured as a result of the fire. Arson charges are no laughing matter and should be taken seriously by a defendant. On top of long prison sentences, hefty monetary fines and restitution can also be required of a defendant found guilty by the Court.

Arson – First Degree Fla. Stat. § 806.01(1)

- The defendant damaged or caused to be damaged any structure or the contents alleged by a fire or explosion;
- The damage was done either willfully and unlawfully OR the damage was caused while defendant was engaged in the commission of felony.
-The structure alleged was either a dwelling or an institution in which the damage occurred during normal hours of occupancy.
-The defendant knew or had reasonable grounds to believe the structure alleged to have been damaged was occupied by a human being.

Arson — Second Degree Fla. Stat. § 806.01(2)

- The defendant caused to be damaged or damaged a structure alleged, owned by the defendant or another, by explosion or fire.
- Either the damage was done willfully and unlawfully or the damage was caused while defendant was engaged in the commission of a specifically alleged felony which can include burglary or other property crimes.
- The structure alleged is a structure as defined under Florida Statute.

Arson — Fire Bomb Fla. Stat. § 806.111

- The defendant possessed a fire bomb
- At the time, the defendant intended the fire bomb would be willfully and unlawfully used to damage by fire or explosion to any structure or property.

Finding an Arson Attorney in Tampa

If you have been charged with any degree of arson contact a criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Mahmud Yennes. We will work hard on your case, we help those nvestigated and charged with arson and we are ready to present your best defense to these serious allegations.

Our Tampa criminal defense attorneys represent clients on a wide variety of serious property crimes in both state and federal court. Don’t let an arson allegation ruin your future, call The law office of Mahmud Yennes now for a free consultation.

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