Plano Arson Defense Attorney
Given its potential to cause extensive harm, arson is a serious criminal
defense that can pack devastating criminal penalties. Law enforcement
agencies and prosecutors work diligently to convict offenders and often
push for the most severe of penalties. If you or a loved one currently
stands accused of arson in Plano or any of the surrounding communities,
taking preemptive measures to protect your rights, freedom, and future
is of vital importance.
Have You Been Accused of Committing Arson?
Arson charges can entail a number of circumstances. Although the events
surrounding the alleged charge can impact the type of offense and penalties
you face, all arson charges generally arise when a person starts a fire
or causes an explosion with intent to destroy or damage property or wildlife.
Damages do not necessarily have to occur in order for one to face these
According to §28.02 of Texas Statutes, charges can arise if the following
- Vegetation or property on open-space land
- Any building, structure, habitation (i.e. home), or vehicle
Arson is a felony, meaning that convicted offenders face
considerable fines and
imprisonment terms. Prosecutors also often push for enhancements when arson is committed
to defraud insurance companies, when injuries or death occur, and in other
Unless arson causes injury or death to another person, these charges are
usually prosecuted as state jail, second-degree, and third-degree felonies,
depending on the unique factors involved in the case. In addition to fines,
terms of imprisonment for these felonies include
up to 2 years for a state jail felony,
up to 10 years for a third-degree felony, and
up to 20 years for a second-degree felony.
Discuss Your Case with a Dedicated Legal Advocate
Our Plano criminal defense lawyers are prepared to help you understand
the unique charges you face and the ways in which we can fight to preserve
your freedom. A former prosecutor,
Attorney Jason Zendeh Del contributes a level of insight and experience to our practice that allows
us to successfully defend against even the most serious allegations. Should
you or your loved one be facing any type of arson charge, place your trust
in a firm that is capable of producing the
results you require.