Individuals are charged with the crime of arson as a result of the burning of physical property. This property may either belong to another individual or to the individual charged with the offense. Arizona law prohibits individuals from knowingly and maliciously setting fire to physical property. The crime of arson is considered a felony and can be punished with jail time.
An individual is also prohibited from recklessly burning property even if they do not have the intent to start a fire. This type of crime is known as reckless burning and is considered a misdemeanor under Arizona law.
The types of punishment that an individual may face as a result of being convicted of arson include jail time, probation, community service and fines.
An individual that is charged with arson should contact The Newsome Firm right away to evaluate their possible options. This offense can have an ever lasting effect on a individual's life, including a felony record and a possible jail sentence. Due to the seriousness of this type of offense, it is highly recommended that a person hire a criminal defense attorney that will fight on their behalf.