The first thing you should do if you are ever arrested for arson is to use your right to remain silent. DO NOT provide any statements to any of the following parties without a Houston criminal defense attorney present to protect your rights:
- Arson investigator
- Police officer
- Insurance company
Arson crimes carry civil and criminal ramifications. Arson investigators are one of the most rapidly responding teams in the city. Protect your financial and personal interests by calling a lawyer immediately.
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Serving Houston and all of Texas, our team at Thiessen Law Firm is qualified and prepared to protect your legal rights to the fullest extent. We are true fighters, ready to go to battle for you inside and outside of the criminal courtroom. If you want a top-notch firm on your side that will treat you like family, you have come to the right place.
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Penalties & Charges for Arson in Houston, TX
Texas Penal Code § 28.02 defines arson as the criminal offense that involves intentionally setting fire to any building, structure, property, or open land under the following specific circumstances:
- When it is insured against damage/destruction
- When it is owned by another person
- When another person’s property is inside the structure
- When it is subject to a mortgage or other security interest
- When the offense is committed with recklessness and disregard to the safety of others or their property
The following is what you should take into consideration:
- Value of property
- Classification of the property
- Whether there were any injuries or death
Arson includes penalties of the first, second, and third degrees. In Texas, the accused may face life in prison or 5 to 99 years in prison for a first-degree felony; 2 to 20 years in prison for a second-degree felony; or 2 to 10 years in prison for a third-degree felony. A fine of up to $10,000 may also be imposed.
With your freedom on the line, you cannot settle for anything less than the best legal counsel. Contact our Houston arson defense lawyers at (713) 999-3959 today.