Arson is an extremely serious criminal offense and violent crime that involves willfully setting fire to buildings, wild-land areas, cars or other property.
There are a number of reasons why an arsonist might intentionally set fire to property with the intent to cause damage. These can include malicious intentions or fraudulent intentions, such as deliberately starting a fire in order to collect insurance compensation. No matter the particular reason behind the act, arson is considered an extremely dangerous and serious crime and is prosecuted aggressively.
According to the Illinois Criminal Code, a person commits arson when they use fire or an explosive to damage property worth more than $150 or with the intent to defraud an insurance provider. There are also several specific arson charges that are prosecuted in the state. These include:
- Aggravated arson
- Residential arson
- Place of worship arson
- Possession of explosive or incendiary devices
There are a number of circumstances that can result in more serious arson charges, such as where the arson took place and whether or not anyone was injured. When enhancements are involved, criminal penalties are greatly intensified. In addition to tremendous fines, restitution, prison terms as long as 30 years and felony convictions, offenders are also required to register as convicted arsonists, which can greatly limit their future social and professional mobility.
Fighting aggressively on your behalf
Although arson allegations are incredibly serious and relentless prosecuted, they can be defended by deft and experienced legal minds. At Patel Law, PC, our team of committed Champaign-Urbana criminal defense attorneys have nearly 20 years of combined experience and have handled a number of serious and high stakes violent crime cases. Disproving arson allegations requires extensive preparation and a focus on deflecting claims of intent, all of which our firm is ready and willing to focus on during your case.
Should you choose to work with our firm, you can be reassured knowing that highly knowledgeable lawyers will be fighting tirelessly on your behalf during whatever your case may bring. We proudly serve all residents of Champaign, Vermilion and Macon Counties. To learn more about how we can fight for you, contact Patel Law, PC today.