Los Angeles Federal Arson Defense Attorney
Protect Your Rights Against Felony Charges
In California, arson is a felony. Arson is when someone willfully and maliciously burns public or private property. Arson charges are taken very seriously, and law enforcement will use advanced methods to determine the cause of a fire.
In addition to the cause of the fire, law enforcement will look to find the motivation behind it. Often, they will look for motives, such as:
- Domestic disputes or domestic violence situations
- Destroying evidence from another crime
- Insurance fraud
If you have been accused, contact Shemaria Law Offices. Attorney Joseph Shemaria is a certified specialist in criminal law by the Board of Legal Specialization, California State Bar and has years of professional experience handling serious criminal charges.
Is Burning Your Own House Arson?
Yes, intentionally setting fire to your own home or business can be considered a felony crime. The act is commonly referred to as Arson Insurance Fraud as it frequently involves property owners burning down their homes or businesses to get insurance money.
Understanding an Arson Charge
To be found guilty of arson, the prosecution must prove that the defendant had willful and malicious intent when starting the fire. The prosecution must be able to show that the defendant was setting the fire with the intent to defraud or injure the other party. No matter how small the fire, showing intent is a crucial part of the prosecution’s case.
Arson is a serious crime, and the prosecution will waste no time working on a case against you. If you have been accused in California, you need to talk to an experienced Los Angeles arson defense lawyer as soon as possible. Talking to an attorney early ensures you will have the most options available to you for your arson defense.
The Best Defense Starts Early
The cost of hiring an attorney can be intimidating. We offer a free consultation to help you understand the charges against you and the next steps in your case.
Over 50 Years of Legal Experience
Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization, California State Bar
Handled State & Federal Cases in 24 Individual States
Tried Over 275 Cases to a Jury
First & Youngest Attorney Ever Appointed to a Death Penalty Case
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