Arson is often prosecuted to the fullest extent because of the deadly consequences it can produce as well as the financial loss to the victims or business. Not only does it destroy property, it is seen as malicious and can be fatal as well. Even reckless behavior is sometimes defined as arson in Arizona because of the dry weather and the frequency of brush fires.
Suzuki Law Offices handles arson cases stemming from all types of situations. We are well versed in the laws governing how arson is handled as well as court procedure when it comes to the evidence concerning these charges. Our arson defense lawyers scrutinize every shred of evidence, including forensic evidence and witness or victim statements as well as every aspect of the arrest or search warrants, to find grounds for dismissal or suppression of evidence. We know that building a solid arson defense is based on being thorough.
Contact our firm today for the skilled legal representation you need and deserve.
Arizona's Arson Charges
Under Arizona statutes 13-1703 and 13-1704, arson is charged with a person knowingly and maliciously sets fire to a property or structure.
We can defend you against a wide range of arson offenses, including:
- Arson for profit
- Arson for the purposes of insurance fraud
- Arson as part of a robbery or burglary
- Arson used to destroy evidence of another crime such as auto theft
- Burning of wildlands
- Arson of an occupied property
We Are Ready to Begin Your Defense
We explore all viable arson defense avenues, including if there was requisite intent. If the state's case has holes in it, but a plea offer would still send you to prison, we are prepared to take your case to a judge or jury. If a trial is likely to result in a conviction and a lengthy prison sentence or hefty fine, we are effective negotiators who will try to strike the best possible deal for you. If you need solid arson defense representation, contact a proven defense lawyer who can make the most of the facts of your case.
For a free initial consultation and to discuss your options, call (602) 842-6762 any time, 24/7. ¡Hablamos español!
Arson is a felony in Arizona, and the penalties can vary depending on the extent of the damage and whether the prosecutor can establish intent. Intentional fires can carry more severe punishment than unintentional fires. In addition, if other individuals were endangered or harmed in the fire, this can also lead to heavier penalties.
Our founding lawyer, Richard Suzuki, is an accomplished Phoenix criminal defense lawyer, a former Deputy Maricopa County Attorney and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney. He uses his experience to gauge the strength of the case against you and give you honest and knowledgeable advice about your legal options. We provide clients with realistic expectations and set goals for achieving the best possible outcome.
Some example penalties for arson can include:
- Arson of unoccupied property worth more than $1,000 - Up to 3.75 years of prison time and Class 4 felony
- Arson of unoccupied property worth between $100-$1000 - up to 2.5 years of prison time and Class 5 felony
- Arson of unoccupied property worth less than $100 - Up to 6 months in prison, Class 1 misdemeanor and $2,500 in fines
- Arson of an occupied structure - Up to 12.5 years in prison, Class 2 felony
"Richard J Suzuki is an outstanding lawyer, extremely professional and responsive. The absolute best experience, my family and I were beyond content with the overall outcome."Rosa
"When I got into trouble with the law I didn’t know where to turn. Mr. O’Sullivan was immediately assigned to my case and I felt a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders."Justine F
"Despite my fears, Matt not only maintained his composure and professional demeanor, but he also helped calm me down and bring me back down to earth."Karen