Arson is the act of intentionally burning any type of structure, such as a building or home. Arson may also include the burning of forest land or brush. Arson can be both a state and federal crime.
The severity of an arson charge and punishment generally depends on such factors as whether buildings were burned, whether they were occupied and whether insurance fraud was involved. As a general rule, more severe fire damage generally results in more aggressive prosecution with more severe penalties.
In PA, a person charged under the various sections of the Arson statute (including dangerous burning, reckless burning and failure to control or report dangerous fires) may be subject to a summary offense, misdemeanor or felony charge, depending upon the circumstances involved.
If you or someone you care about has been charged with Arson, contact our office today for your free consultation.