Arson is defined as burning or exploding a residence, commercial or public building, structure, or other type of dwelling with malice aforethought. In such cases, "malice" does not necessarily mean that the perpetrator acted with ill will. It can also refer to cases in which a burning or explosion was caused by extremely negligent or reckless behavior. If you have been charged with arson as a federal crime, it is crucial that you seek legal representation to defend you against your criminal charges.

Arson is charged as a federal crime when the act has a direct impact on interstate commerce or foreign commerce. A person can face federal arson charges even if they only possess the materials necessary for a fire or explosion, such as explosives or similar incendiary devices. Arson is considered a felony, and the penalties that come with a conviction can vary depending on the circumstances of the case. A conviction on standard arson charges can result in the accused serving 5 to 20 years in prison. If another individual was hurt as a result of the arson, the accused may face 7 to 40 years in prison. And if the arson resulted in another's death, the accused may face life imprisonment, or even the death penalty.


Hager & Schwartz, P.A. is an experienced criminal defense law firm that is able to provide legal defense against all manner of federal charges, such as those involving arson. Our legal team is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to our clients, and that commitment is evident in the many successful results we have achieved. Contact our firm if you need immediate help in your arson case, and we will conduct a full investigation into your charges with the intention of securing a result in which those charges are reduced or dropped.

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