Arson Defense Attorney in Michigan
Are You Being Charged or Investigated for Arson in Michigan? You Need Aggressive, Passionate, and Experienced Legal Representation. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can help. We Are Not Afraid to Win.
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.
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 come up with 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. You need someone to stand up for you when you are not only facing charges by law enforcement but, 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 one of 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, as well as those who were 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. In the event 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 difficult cases before the toughest judges. If there is a way to avoid jail or prison for arson charges, we will find it.
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.
Experienced and Effective Arson Defense Attorney in Michigan
Arson is a very serious crime with the potential of severe punishment. Police and prosecutors take even small fires seriously. The government will take a position 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 not guilty of the charges you face. However, if that is not possible, we will leave nothing to chance in making that the consequences to you are as minimal as possible. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has access to experts that can assist in the preparation of 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, and we will answer all of your questions, address each of 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 a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.