Riverside Arson Defense Attorney

An Overview of Arson and Arson Charges

Arson is defined under California Penal Code section 451 as the act of intentionally, and with malice, setting fire to property, land, and residential or business dwellings. Setting fire to your own home or property in order to commit insurance fraud is also illegal and considered arson. The penalties for an arson conviction are steep, as severe damage is frequently caused by fires in our state. A person convicted can face:

  • Up to 3 years in prison for setting fire to another's property
  • Up to 6 years in prison for arson of forest land or an uninhabited structure
  • Up to 8 years in prison for arson of an inhabited dwelling
  • Up to 9 years in prison for arson which causes great bodily injury

Penalties may include up to 5 additional years in prison if:

  • One has already been convicted of arson in the past
  • Great bodily injury is caused to a firefighter or peace officer
  • Multiple structures ended up being burned

If you are facing arson charges, it is imperative that you contact a Riverside criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are able. They will be able to conduct a thorough investigation into your charges, and establish if any errors, inconsistencies, or rights violations occurred at the hands of law enforcement or prosecutors in their case against you.

Arson Defense Lawyer in Riverside

The attorneys at Grech & Packer possess almost 40 years of combined experience in practicing law. Mr. Grech at one point worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Riverside. This gives us unique insight into both sides of the legal process, which we employ in the pursuit of assisting clients who have been charged with criminal offenses. We are available to provide you with aggressive, tireless legal representation in the event that you have been charged with arson, and we will work diligently in building a case that is intended to see the charges against you reduced, or dismissed entirely.

Have you been charged with arson? You may be facing extremely severe penalties, and it is strongly recommended that you contact a Riverside Arson Defense Lawyer right away who can defend you against the charges.

  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • Former Deputy District Attorney for Riverside County
  • Personally Handled 100+ Jury Trial Cases, Including the Death Penalty
  • Selected for Inclusion in the List of Southern California Super Lawyers®
  • Named in the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® in the Field of Criminal Law

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