The Woodlands Arson Attorney
What is the Penalty for Arson in Texas?
Arson differs from an accidental fire since malice is implied. An act of arson could be committed to harm the inhabitants, damage the structure and/or to collect on an insurance policy. Arson is considered a second-degree felony, which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence and a fine not exceeding $10,000.
Following a fire, the owner of the building or home will be the fire investigators’ first arson suspect. They will scour through your finances and personal and employment histories to establish a motive for committing arson.
There were 418 arson arrests in Texas in 2016 – that’s more than one per day. Texas police are cracking down on suspicious behavior. But instances of mistaken identity can occur. And many crime and fire scene investigators use faulty equipment and tests to determine a culprit, and evidence can be quickly tainted due to the nature of the alleged crime. Our legal team knows how to exploit these and other procedural faults, which can help maintain your innocence.
There is a fine line between an accidental fire and arson. Both are serious matters, but the latter carries more severe consequences. If you have been accused of or charged with arson, an immediate call to Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law can help you avoid serving jail time, nullifying your insurance contract and paying steep fines. With 50 years of combined experience, our The Woodlands arson lawyers passionately defend your rights, avoid and lessen penalties, and protect for your future.
As a former prosecutor, Attorney Morgan Bourque has handled arson cases from both sides of the courtroom. For years, he has represented defendants accused of arson and has specific insight into crime scene investigations, procedures and evidence. His deep experience enables him to anticipate the actions that the opposing side may take and build an even stronger defense based on the prosecution’s perspective.
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