Defending Against Arson Charges in Miami
Get an aggressive criminal defense lawyer on your side now.
At Seltzer Mayberg, LLC, we have garnered a reputation as one of the most aggressive, effective Miami criminal defense law firms in the area. Our lead attorney, David A. Seltzer formerly served as a Miami-Dade prosecutor, and cut his teeth serving at trial in both misdemeanor and felony cases.
He then established his private practice, where he is committed to protecting the rights of defendants, including those facing charges of arson. A conviction for arson can lead to a long prison sentence, and various other serious ramifications. You need to get a Miami arson defense attorney from our firm representing you as quickly as possible. Whether you are facing charges in state or federal court, we are ready to take the necessary actions to defend you.
Contact our firm today for the strong defense you need.
How Arson is Defined Under the Law
To be found guilty of arson, it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that you caused a fire or explosion that included these facts:
- You were malicious in starting the fire, whether willfully or unintentionally, the fact of malicious intent will figure heavily in your case.
- There must be damage from the fire. Even minor damage can lead to charges of arson.
- The place in which the fire or explosion took place was any type of structure that could be reasonably expected to have human beings present at any time.
The fact of malicious intent is an important one in your defense. Fires can be started accidentally, with absolutely no intent to create damage, or to harm another individual. Arson is a felony charge, and the penalties imposed can be very severe, including years in state prison. A minor who sets a fire that leads to minor damage may be lucky and face only misdemeanor charges, but it is far more likely that any person who is alleged to have started a fire will be facing felony charges.
Fight the Penalties of a Criminal Conviction
There are a number of serious problems that could be involved in a charge of arson; not only will there be prison time and fines, but a felony conviction on your criminal record will essentially destroy your personal and professional reputation, and put major roadblocks in your ability to get employed. It is absolutely crucial that your Miami arson attorney is highly skilled, aggressive, and knows the criminal justice process intimately.
Raising reasonable doubt that you had malicious intent is only one part of a well-crafted defense case. You may be innocent or there could be other factors that could allow you to walk away without consequences. We know exactly what it takes to create an effective case for the defense. Our firm can:
- Review the evidence against you
- Listen to your side of the story
- Fight to protect your freedom
Call us today for more information. We are not here to judge you. Our goal is to protect you.