Delaware Arson Defense Lawyers
Arson is a type of property crime that involves intentionally, willfully or deliberately setting a fire, or causing an explosion, to your property or the property of another for financial or monetary gain. Arson is also commonly associated with insurance fraud charges in Delaware because the motive behind the fires is often to collect insurance money.
If accused of arson in Delaware, it is imperative that you seek effective legal representation by a skilled and experienced Delaware Defense Attorney.
Contact a Delaware Defense Attorney to discuss your case. If you are looking for an Arson Attorney in Delaware, the Attorneys at the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay will do everything in their power to protect your rights, your future, and your reputation.
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Delaware Arson Laws
Arson charges in Delaware are felony charges. There are different classes of felony charges in these types of cases. The class of felony depends on the exact circumstances surrounding your charges.
801. Arson in the third degree; affirmative defense; class G felony.
(a) A person is guilty in the third degree when the person recklessly damages a building by intentionally starting a fire or causing an explosion.
(b) In any prosecution under this section, it is an affirmative defense that no person other than the accused had a possessory or proprietary interest in the building.
802. Arson in the second degree; affirmative defense; class D felony.
(a) A person is guilty in the second degree when the person intentionally damages a building by starting a fire or causing an explosion.
(b) In any prosecution under this section, it is an affirmative defense that:
(1) No person other than the accused had a possessory or proprietary interest in the building, or if other persons had such interests, all of them consented to the accused’s conduct; and
(2) The accused’s sole intent was to destroy or damage the building for a lawful purpose; and
(3) The accused had no reasonable ground to believe that the conduct might endanger the life or safety of another person or damage another building.
803. Arson in the first degree; class C felony.
A person is guilty in the first degree when the person intentionally damages a building by starting a fire or causing an explosion and when:
(1) The person knows that another person, not an accomplice is present in the building at the time; or
(2) The person knows of circumstances which render the presence of another person, not an accomplice therein a reasonable possibility.
Delaware Arson Penalties
Arson charges, along with all felony charges, carry very severe consequences. If you are found guilty, you will face hefty fines, possible jail or prison time, house arrest and parole. An arson conviction will follow you around for years to come and will negatively impact many aspects of the life you currently enjoy. If convicted, being able to get and keep a job, your freedom and your reputation may cease to exist. You do not have to go through this alone. If you are seeking a felony lawyer in the Delaware area, the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay can help you.
You have rights, and they need to be protected hence it being a wise move to retain an experienced State of Delaware Defense Attorney.
Contact A Delaware Defense Attorney
Contact a Delaware Defense Attorney to discuss your case. For Kent and New Castle County, call 302-697-2499. For Georgetown, call 302-855-9300. You can also email a Delaware defense attorney. If you are looking for the best Arson Attorney in Delaware, the Attorneys at the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay will do everything in their power to protect your rights, your future, and your reputation.
Ronald D. Phillips, Jr. and Julianne E. Murray also have extensive experience defending non-Delaware residents who have been charged with a crime in Delaware.