The deliberate burning of a house or building is considered arson under Michigan law. There are varying levels of punishment for arson depending on how the crime was committed. The factors impacting the penalties for a conviction include the level of damage to the property and if anyone was injured or died as a result of the incident. If you have been charged with arson or are under investigation for a related crime, it is essential to hire a Michigan criminal defense lawyer who has the knowledge to build an effective defense for you.
Setting a fire to a piece of property is a serious crime, from the physical damage of the property to physical injuries of anyone harmed by the fire. Law enforcement will work tirelessly to obtain a conviction related to the incident, so you need experienced legal counsel.
Our team at Grewal Law PLLC is ready to be your arson criminal defense attorney. We will thoroughly investigate your case to determine the true cause of the fire through an intense arson investigation. Too often investigators rule fires as suspicious without enough evidence to build a real case in court.
We will fight tirelessly to ensure you are not wrongfully convicted of arson. Contact us today at (888) 211-5798.
Michigan Arson Charges
Several years ago, the penalties related to a Michigan arson conviction were increased in an effort to curtail fires across the state. The state laws closely align to federal laws and increase the amount of time you will spend in jail if convicted along with imposing fines for certain arson charges. In Michigan, arson charges can be brought after starting or aiding in a fire meant to damage a building, dwelling or other pieces of personal property. The laws give prosecutors more leeway in charging individuals with arson, so you need experienced defense on your side.
At Grewal Law PLLC, our defense team we will go over the varying degrees of charges from fifth to first degree. Fifth-degree charges are less severe and are charged as a misdemeanor as the result of fire being set to a piece of personal property. The definition includes an automobile, van, truck, motorcycle, trailer or other personally owned property.
The penalties for this charge are as follows:
- Fines up to $2,000 or up to 3 times the value of the damaged or destroyed property.
- Up to 1 year in prison.
- Combination of fines and prison time.
If you are charged with first-degree arson, you could possibly face life in prison. In these cases, a person was physically injured in the blaze or a fire was set to a multi-unit dwelling even if no one was injured in the incident.
The penalties if convicted are as follows:
- Required to pay up to $20,000 in fines or up to 3 times the value of the damaged or destroyed property.
- Up to life in prison.
- Combination of fines and prison time.
Insurance Fraud & Arson
Sometimes the arson of a piece of property is an attempt by the person setting the fire to defraud his or her insurance agency. These actions are a result of the property owner learning the insurance value of the property is more than the real property value itself. Owners will set the fire to make it appear as an accident.
Insurance companies will conduct in-depth investigations in these cases often discovering evidence missed by law enforcement. If you are under suspicion for setting fire to a property in order to cash in on an insurance policy for it, you may also be charged with insurance fraud.
Do not face arson and insurance fraud charges alone, contact us today for your no obligation quote at (888) 211-5798.
Murder Charges Related to an Arson
If anyone is injured as a result of the fire then the person under suspicion of the crime will face assault charges. In addition, if a death results from the act of arson a person will be charged with murder. Besides someone in the fire at the time the blaze was set, charges can also be filed if emergency personnel or firefighters are injured or die while battling the fire. Facing assault or murder charges will significantly increase your jail time if convicted of the crime and you could face possible life imprisonment. Do not face these charges without an aggressive defense team.
Hire Grewal Law PLLC for Your Arson Crime Charges
Call our firm to defend you against arson charges in the Lansing region. Our attorneys at Grewal will work to develop the best strategy in your case. Insurance investigators and law enforcement will attempt to make you look guilty. It is our job to refute evidence brought by the investigation and to find evidence that contradicts their findings.
Contact our Michigan arson lawyers right away to help defend you. Call us for a free quote in your case at (888) 211-5798.