Arson Defense Attorney in Michigan

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Penalties and Defenses for Arson Charges in Michigan

Arson in Michigan is the deliberate burning of a house or building. The punishment for arson generally depends on the intent behind the fire, the amount of damage, and whether someone was injured or killed. Courts and prosecutors are particularly harsh in arson cases. It takes a respected, tough arson defense attorney in Michigan to protect and defend their client.

If you are accused of arson, you need highly skilled and aggressive legal representation as soon as possible. Police officers and insurance investigators will try every trick in the book to charge you with a crime and deny your insurance claim. First-rate attorneys will step in and make sure there is a full and fair investigation. We will challenge the police and investigators on any allegation that a fire was arson or an assertion that our client is the person who started the fire.

Insurance investigators often work harder than law enforcement to find reasons why the fire was suspicious so they can deny a claim. If they get the police to charge you with felony arson or a misdemeanor, it is easier for the insurance company to deny a claim or get restitution. It would be best if you had someone to stand up for you when you’re facing charges by law enforcement and, in many cases, insurance investigators who are financially motivated to find evidence of arson.

We Can Help Fight for an Acquittal or Reduced Sentence for Arson

Most clients who contact LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. regarding arson charges in Michigan fall into two categories. One scenario is a false allegation of burning property for a fraudulent insurance claim, and the other is an allegation of burning or setting fire to someone else’s property. With decades of experience handling these cases, our arson defense lawyers have helped innocent clients and those responsible for starting a fire and did not want to face a harsh sentence. In those cases where our client is innocent, we make every possible effort to get the case dismissed without a trial. If a trial on arson charges is necessary, we have the expertise and experience to obtain a “not guilty” verdict from the jury.

Conversely, if a client is responsible, we will do whatever is necessary to give our client the best possible chance of a lenient sentence without incarceration. We are widely considered “go-to” attorneys for handling even the most complex cases before the most demanding judges. If there is a way to avoid jail or prison for arson charges, we will find it. We can often help clients avoid probation and jail and persuade the presiding judge to limit the sentence to a fine and costs.

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William Pearl
William Pearl
2024-04-18
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I cannot speak highly enough of the exceptional legal representation provided by Loren Dickstein. Mr. Dickstein recently assisted my grandmother with her DUI case, and his expertise, professionalism, and compassion were truly unmatched. From our initial conversation, Mr. Dickstein demonstrated a deep understanding of DUI law and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for my grandmother. His attention to detail and strategic approach were evident throughout the process, instilling confidence in us during a challenging time. Not only did Mr. Dickstein provide expert legal guidance, but he also showed genuine empathy towards my grandmother, easing much of the stress and anxiety associated with the situation. His transparent communication and willingness to address our concerns promptly were greatly appreciated. Thanks to Mr. Dickstein's outstanding representation, my grandmother's case was resolved with a result that exceeded our expectations. I am immensely grateful for his dedication, professionalism, and integrity, and I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone in need of legal assistance. If you're looking for an attorney who will go above and beyond to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, look no further than Loren Dickstein. Thank you, Mr. Dickstein, for your exceptional service.
Mike Trevino
Mike Trevino
2024-03-26
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Loren was quick and professional in assiting me. He got an un-prosecuted arrest off of my criminal record in only a few weeks.
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A S
2024-02-02
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Loren made me feel extremely comfortable in a situation that has been one of the most serious of my life. The comfort didn't come from coddling, or selling false hope, and it definitely didn't come from empty promises. He is very proactive, very dependable and really upfront. The initial contact was when I called the 24hr office line, after business hours. I received a call, the following morning from Loren. I expected it to be a representative and was working. I was already nervous about my situation, but the fact that he "checked in", was a huge deal. He asked preliminary info like my court date and offense(s). My court date was way down the line, and I had 2 months to figure out representation and finance stuff. We followed up again, when he called a couple weeks later, but he let me know that I could contact him when my funds were ok. He let me know, that even though I was calling a month ahead of time, that if I didn't get the retainer funds until the week before, that the team was experienced and prepared. (*Fast forward tidbit**, I Called 6 firms in 10/2023.. *Mr. Dickstein and I have already been to court 3 times and received my sentence, and 2 of the 5 originally contacted lawyers, haven't even responded.) I gathered the funds and called back. He offered the interview flexibility between in-person and on the phone. For everything I've been through about this case, I opted to meet. The meeting was not very long, but factual and informational. When I would mumble nervously or jabber (a slight goofy thing about me..), he pointedly and calmly redirected to the facts and realities. I knew he was listening, but I was just at a shameful point in my life. It's a big deal, when you're reassured with FACTS and potential outcomes. I couldn't have hired better representation. Mr. Dickstein's appearance is professional and his eloquence is everything. He has a seriousness and class about him, which communicates comfortably in court. The judge will give you your 15 seconds, but might give your defense team, 3 minutes. When I say, that Loren made the MOST out of those 3 minutes?!.. Wow!. (We had three appearances, and he was early for every one. We always sat in the front row, which is best. Anyone in this situation, shouldn't be bumbling from the back, or stepping over people, while preparing to go before judgement.) He started with FACTS, mixed with some meaningful biography. He said everything positive and helpful about me, within the opening. Because my offense was so aggregious, the judge interrupted him. But then, my whole lawyer, didn't fumble and continued with other recommendations (a little more for me, but not at all what I could have been facing). He made sure to have a response to meet the judges discomfort/dismay. I never realized how fast, counsel has to speak to respond and present to the judge. As a side note, I've seen cases where lawyers fumble and stutter and shuffle pages, but I have never been more amazed than when I noticed that being ON POINT, was another one of his strengths. The fact that he remains organized and has already absorbed his clients backstory, while having the knowledge to speak quickly and CLEARLY to a judge, means everything. *Again, the lawyers communication means EVERYTHING. Judges hear tons of cases, and recognize excuses immediately. Loren made sure that I presented the best summary for my case. He summarized my main points, and balanced with what the judge wanted and needed to hear. My case was difficult for my family and livelihood. Loren secured the most favorable outcome we could have hoped for. I would recommend him to anyone trying to save their job, or life, or livelihood.
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rlalko l
2024-01-26
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Robert J. Andretz, was my attorney in the Livingston County Courts. I hired him after I was not pleased with results of another lawyer. Mr. Andretz was able inform me of what to expect and guide me through the process. He welcomed me texting him with any questions or concerns I had, and was quick to respond, unless he was in court. My situation was all new for me and I was nervous. I am glad that I went with another attorney, Robert J. Andretz.--This was a self-defense case, and he would go back and forth with the courts to work on the best option.
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india
2024-01-25
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I highly recommend hiring Mr. Loren Dickstein and his team. From the very beginning of my case I was nervous that I would be sent to jail because of the facts of my owi case and with a BAC on the higher side. Loren and his team worked endlessly and together on my case, were very compassionate, and cared about what happened to me and my future. He was always available if I had any questions, and able to give me the most favorable outcome that could come out of this with a very tough judge in the 48th district court. My original charge was reduced, no jail time, and I was given probation. During my sentencing, Mr.Randy Lewis stepped in to help and advised and assured me that he would not let me down and he did just that! I am very grateful to everyone involved and could not have picked better representation!
santosha harris
santosha harris
2023-11-30
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Attorney Dickstein was awesome. He listened and he followed through with everything that he explained to me. If I ever need help in the future I will definitely use his services again.
Robert Schuetz
Robert Schuetz
2023-11-02
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My experience was extremely positive. My lawyer RobertAndretz do an incredible job , worked very hard for me and am sure more than I realize behind the scenes .he made it very easy to understand all that was going on with my case by explaining every detail . My case results were exactly what I had hoped for. I am very thankful he was my lawyer .
Jessica Woodring
Jessica Woodring
2023-10-12
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Parisa is extremely knowledgeable, professional and I was always well informed. I will forever recommend Parisa to anyone and everyone.
Bethany Racer
Bethany Racer
2023-09-20
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I hired George to represent me as a victim's advocate in a domestic violence case. I was the 'alleged victim' in a situation that was grossly misrepresented from the start. He quickly identified issues that could cause self-incrimination if I were to testify. He did NOT let the prosecution bully me into testifying without the protection of immunity. Immunity was granted because of his expertise and knowledge of the law. I was given the opportunity to testify without fear, set things right, and exonerate someone who was falsely accused of domestic violence. George was direct, honest, and didn't sugarcoat anything. He was always prompt in his communication and made sure I understood my rights and my options. In short, he gave me and my family our lives back. He even held my purse when I thought I couldn't bring it with me to the stand (turns out I could. Sorry George!) If you're looking for fair, aggressive representation and someone who truly makes you feel understood, look no further. He's absolutely not afraid to win

Arson Charges and Penalties

  • First-Degree Arson – Buring an occupied or unoccupied multi-unit building containing at least one dwelling – Up to life in prison.
  • Second-Degree Arson – Burning an occupied or unoccupied dwelling – Up to 20 years in prison.
  • Third-Degree Arson – Burning a building or personal property valued at greater than $20,000 (or greater than $1,000 if the defendant has a prior conviction) – Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Fourth-Degree Arson – Burning personal property valued at more than $1,000.00 but less than $20,000.00, or property worth less than $200.00 where the defendant has a prior arson conviction – Up to 5 years in prison.
  • Fifth-Degree Arson – Burning personal property valued at $1,000.00 or less by a person with one or more prior convictions for arson – Up to 1 year in jail.
  • Prohibited Fire or Explosion – Burning personal property valued over $1,000 or between $200 and $1,000 by a person with a prior arson conviction – Up to 1 year in jail.
  • Prohibited Fire or Explosion – Burning personal property valued less than $200 or the negligent burning of a hotel or its contents – Up to 93 days.
  • Arson of Insured Property – Burning property with the intent to defraud an insurance company.
  • Burning of a dwelling – Up to life in prison.
  • Burning of a building or personal property valued over $20,000 – Up to 20 years in prison.
  • Burning of any personal property – Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Preparation to Burn (Using Inflammable or Explosive Materials Near a Building or Personal Property) – The penalty depends on what the defendant intended to burn and the value—up to 15 years in prison.

How Arson Defense Attorneys Deal With Insurance Fraud in Michigan

Many cases of arson allegedly result from attempted insurance fraud. For example, if the owner of a building believes the insurance payout exceeds the property’s value, they might set a fire to destroy the property. Michigan arson investigators can determine the cause of most fires through forensic analysis; however, insurance investigators are often the first to identify arson. Someone who destroys property through fire or otherwise to collect insurance will face arson and insurance fraud charges.

You Are Not Alone With LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. at Your Side

People facing arson charges can feel anxious and hopeless. The thought of a conviction and prison time is overwhelming. In addition to the direct consequences of a criminal conviction, you may be worried about your reputation, the impact on your family, future employability, and more. For those who are not U.S. citizens, you will be concerned with immigration issues, such as deportation. Our lawyers know how challenging this process is, and we help and guide our clients every step of the way. We will openly and honestly help you understand the charges, evidence, and available options. You will be treated with dignity and respect as we assist you from start to finish. We will find a way to help you!

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Experienced and Effective Arson Defense Attorney in Michigan

Arson is a very serious crime with the potential for severe punishment. Police and prosecutors take even small fires seriously. The government will assume that a person who started a small fire would have known there was a possibility that it could grow into a big fire with a tremendous amount of damage. The law firm of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience as first-rate arson defense attorneys in Michigan. We have handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Our attorneys take the time to learn about you and fashion the best defense available. Our ultimate goal is a dismissal or a verdict of “not guilty.” However, if that is not possible, we will leave nothing to chance to make the consequences to you as minimal as possible. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has access to experts who can assist in preparing a defense.

When your freedom and future are at stake, do not trust just any law firm. Trust LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.; we have a reputation for success and the determination not to let any stone go unturned to protect you. Call us today for a free consultation, and we will answer your questions, address your concerns, and work with you to develop a winning strategy for your case.

Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete an online Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.

We will find a way to help you and, most importantly,
we are not afraid to win!

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