An allegation of arson – the offence of causing criminal damage by fire – is treated very seriously and those found guilty can be jailed for life. If you are suspected of or have been accused of such a crime, you need to engage a specialist solicitor to fight your corner as soon as possible.
There is a range of different arson offences that you can be charged with under the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
- ‘Simple arson’ involves causing damage by deliberately setting fire to something – such as a vehicle in a field or an empty shop, or even your own property.
- Arson, where someone is reckless as to whether life is endangered, for example setting fire to an aircraft or an apartment in a block of flats where people could get hurt.
- The most serious offence is ‘arson with intent to endanger life’.
- If it is not clear whether an arsonist intended to endanger life or was merely reckless as to whether life would be endangered, they may be charged with both offences as alternatives.
Sentences for arson will vary depending on how much damage is caused and what the intent was when setting the fire. All arson offences carry a maximum life sentence on conviction.
How we can help
If you are accused of arson it is imperative to consult a specialist Criminal Defence Solicitor straight away. We will listen to your side of the story and start work on building a robust defence.
Our specialist Criminal Defence Lawyers have successfully defended many cases concerning arson. We will put our wealth of experience at your disposal, collating all the evidence to present the strongest possible case on your behalf.
We will be at your side providing legal advice and ensuring your rights are protected at police station interviews and, if you are charged, will accompany you to all court hearings, striving to win you bail and ensuring you have the top defence team to argue your case.
We offer a variety of funding options including legal aid (depending on your financial situation and the seriousness of the offence) or you may wish to privately fund your defence. We offer fixed fees where possible to give you certainty from the outset.
At MW Solicitors, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those arrested or charged with Arson.