The crime of arson in Washington State can be charged as either arson in the first degree or second degree. Both are felonies and carry the risk of incarceration and the loss of important constitutional rights. Arson in the first degree is a class A felony and is defined as knowingly and maliciously causing a fire or explosion which is dangerous to human life, causes damage to a dwelling or causes a fire or explosion on property valued at ten thousand dollars or more with the intent to collect insurance proceeds. Arson in the second degree is a class B felony and is defined as knowingly and maliciously causing a fire or explosion which results in damage to a building or any other structure or property such as docks, motor vehicles, watercraft or aircraft, to name a few.
There are several required elements that prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt in order to prove the charges against you. There are also a number of defenses that may be available to you to have charges dismissed, reduced or result in an acquittal at trial. It takes a skilled attorney to identify and effectively use these defenses as leverage with the prosecuting attorney or jury. The attorneys at Johnson & Cyr will exhaustively investigate the charges against you and find the best defense available to you. A charge of arson is a serious allegation that can result in significant time in jail or prison. A top criminal defense attorney can help you disprove the claims against you. When is the best time to contact an arson attorney? If you are arrested or interrogated for a suspected arson, you should immediately retain the help of experienced Seattle arson attorneys at Johnson & Cyr. We will fight for your freedom.