Seasoned Michigan Lawyers Defend Clients Accused of Arson

Knowledgeable Detroit defense attorneys represent people facing serious allegations involving fires

Arson, which is the unlawful act of deliberately setting fire to property, is treated severely under federal and state law. At Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan, our legal team has a 30-year track record of successfully defending people accused of arson. Our Detroit firm will tirelessly defend your legal rights in the criminal justice system, seeking the best possible outcome consistent with the facts of your case.

Proven advocates handle misdemeanor arson charges

In Michigan, there are a variety of charges that prosecutors may bring against those accused of arson. Most alleged acts of arson are prosecuted as felonies. However, our attorneys can defend you from the following misdemeanors:

  • Arson of property valued between $200 and $1,000
  • Arson of property valued under $200
  • Negligent, careless, or reckless setting fire to a hotel
  • Placement of flammable materials with intent to commit arson
  • Fifth-degree arson

A misdemeanor conviction may result in up to one year in jail, fines, and restitution.

Our defense attorneys will thoroughly investigate the facts to challenge the prosecution’s case. We may call upon experts to deliver compelling testimony that shows the fire wasn’t intentionally set or that you weren’t involved. You deserve to be represented by a lawyer who is committed to telling your side of the story and presenting a strong defense.

Respected law firm represents clients accused of felony arson

A felony arson conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence up to life behind bars. Convicted arsonists may also be ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, a fine up to three times the value of the destroyed property, or both. Our skilled lawyers defend against these felonies:

  • First-degree arson — The burning of a multi-unit building, a mine, or any property in which the fire causes the injury of a person
  • Second-degree arson — The burning of a dwelling or its contents
  • Third-degree arson — The burning of any building or its contents, including personal property valued at more than $20,000
  • Fourth-degree arson — The burning of any personal property valued at less than $20,000

A conviction on any of these felony charges will result in the loss of your freedom. With stakes this high, it’s important to seek help from an experienced lawyer who can protect your rights and your future.

Effective attorneys defend clients in federal court

Sometimes, arson may be charged as a federal crime. A federal charge may result if an individual is alleged to have willfully and maliciously set fire to a vessel, structure, building, machinery, or military stores in an area that falls under the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

Our attorneys are skilled at managing cases in federal courts nationwide. We can apply effective legal strategies designed to bring about the most favorable possible outcome, whether that’s an acquittal, dismissal or sentence reduction.

Contact a knowledgeable Michigan criminal defense lawyer for an arson charge

The defense team with Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan represents people accused of arson. We provide reliable legal services for those facing state or federal charges. Our main office is located in the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit but we are also available to meet you in Taylor, Southfield and Royal Oak. For a free consultation, call 313-329-5847 or contact us online