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Arson Arrests In Connecticut (Part 1 of 3)

Arson Arrests In Connecticut
(Part 1 of 3)

The top Stamford Connecticut criminal lawyers would agree that it is rare to see arrests for arson in Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut. While many fires that cause damage to property or human life or property are accidental, there are circumstances and scenarios where these fires are the result of criminal conduct—specifically intentional or reckless conduct of one or more people that causes property damage or physical injury. The Connecticut criminal penal code contains a number of laws prohibiting arson and reckless burning. In fact, according to Connecticut criminal arson laws, you can actually be arrested for arson in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien or New Canaan Connecticut for setting fire to your very own property. Arson applies to a wide range of public property as well. There are three degrees of arson codified in the Connecticut Criminal Code – each carrying its own penalties. So if you are arrested for arson in Greenwich, Darien, Wilton, Ridgefield or Danbury Connecticut, then you should contact a top Stamford Connecticut arson criminal attorney to understand the charges against you and help you get your case resolved, and hopefully dismissed, as quickly as possible.

The Degrees of Arson Arrests in Connecticut & Their Respective Penalties

Arson in the First Degree, codified in C.G.S. § 53a-111, is the most serious arson charge. As the best Stamford Connecticut criminal attorneys observe, First Degree Arson under CGS 53a-111 forbids a person from starting a fire with the intent to damage or destroy a home, office building, warehouse, any commercial structure, mobile home, trailer, railroad passenger car, airplane, boat, or any other similar structure. Additionally, to be arrested in Stamford or Greenwich for a First Degree Arson charge, one of the following elements must also occur: the property must be occupied, someone must be injured, the fire must be set as part of an insurance scam, or a firefighter or law enforcement official faces substantial risk of physical injury as a result of the fire. First Degree Arson is a Class A Felony, which is one of the most serious classification of felonies, second only to a capital felony that carries a life sentence. A conviction for a First Degree Arson arrest carries a jail sentence 25-60 years in prison. Needless to say, the penalties for Arson in the First Degree are severe.

Like First Degree Arson, to get arrested in Connecticut for Arson in the Second Degree, as set forth in C.G.S. § 53a-112, requires that an individual—with the intention of damaging a home, office building, warehouse, mobile home, railroad passenger car, airplane, trailer home, boat, or any other similar structure—starts a fire or causes an explosion that causes a substantial risk of bodily injury to another person. Unlike an arrest for First Degree Arson in Connecticut, actual injury to a person is not necessary for an arrest in Greenwich or Darien Connecticut for 53a-112 Arson in the Second Degree. As the best Ridgefield and Greenwich Connecitcut criminal lawyers frequently see, a Second Degree Arson arrest can also be charged in cases where the fire was set or explosion was triggered to conceal another crime, or to deprive someone else of a constitutional or legal right or privilege (such as protesting or voting). As the best Stamford Connecitcut criminal attorneys would also agree, you can also be arrested for Arson in the Second Degree if you hire a third party to set such a fire or cause an explosion. Second Degree Arson is a Class B Felony, carrying a possible jail sentence of 1 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Arson in the Third Degree is the least serious of the Arson charges. The specific language of this law is set forth in C.G.S. § 53a-113. The statutory language varies significantly from both First and Second Degree Arson, because it does not require any intention to actually destroy or damage property. Instead, the intent element required to be proven for an arrest in Stamford Connecticut for Third Degree Arson is just the intention to start a fire or cause an explosion (not the intent to damage property). Thus, if the fire or explosion then recklessly damages a building or structure, you can be arrested in Darien, Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut for Arson in the Third Degree 53a-113, a Class C Felony. If you plead guilty or are found guilty by a jury in Connecticut for Arson in the Third Degree under C.G.S. § 53a-113, then you are facing up to 10 years in jail and a maximum $10,000 fine.

Continue Reading…Arson Arrests in Connecticut, Part 2 of 3
(Fighting Arson Arrests, Conspiracy Charges in Arson Arrests, Reckless Burning Arrests and much more)