Due to the potential dangers of fires and explosions, when an individual is accused of arson, he or she is often facing a felony offense. Felonies in Florida have the potential to land individuals behind bars for a significant amount of time.
However, being charged with arson does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted of the crime. A Pinellas County property crimes attorney can fight to have the charges against your reduced or dismissed.
Defense Attorney for Arson in St. Petersburg
If you have been charged with arson in St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Pinellas County, or the surrounding areas in Florida, Melinda Morris, an experienced arson attorney can provide you with skilled legal representation.
Melinda Morris is a former prosecutor who has unique insight on how the prosecution will attempt to prove your guilt. She will work around the clock to ensure that your defense is adequately prepared.
Contact the Morris Law Firm at (727) 592-5885 for a consultation on your allegations of arson.
Information Center for Arson in Florida
- Elements of Arson
- What are the Penalties for Arson in Pinellas County?
- Working with a Qualified Arson Attorney in Pinellas County
Elements of Arson
Under Section 806.01 of the Florida Statutes, if an individual uses fire or explosion to intentionally damage a building or structure. A structure is any building, enclosed area with a roof, tent, portable building, vehicle, aircraft, boat, vessel, or other real property.
If a firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician, or other individual suffered significant injury as a result of arson, the alleged offender could face additional charges or penalties.
What are the Penalties for Arson in Pinellas County?
In Pinellas County, this offense is usually considered a second degree felony. However, in some circumstances, this offense can automatically be classified as a first degree felony. These instances include:
- The alleged offender committed arson on a dwelling or home
- The alleged offender committed arson on a building or structure where people are normally present (jail, prison, hospital, nursing home, office building, business, church, school)
- The alleged offender committed arson on a structure the he or she knew or had reason to believe was occupied
A second degree felony carries up to a 15 year prison sentence, and/or a fine of up to $10,000. If the individual is convicted of a first degree felony, he or she can face up to 30 years to life in prison, and/or a fine of up to $15,000.
Working with a Qualified Arson Attorney in Pinellas County
Melinda Morris of Morris Law Firm, P.A. is committed to representing persons who have been accused of arson. If you are facing charges for arson in Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, or the surrounding areas, contact Morris Law Firm, P.A. immediately.
Melinda Morris will aggressively fight to prove your innocence, and will do everything in her power to help you avoid the devastating penalties associated with your alleged offense.
Contact her today at (727) 592-5885 to get an experienced and diligent defense attorney on your side.
Melinda Morris is a former prosecutor and has handled thousands of criminal cases from investigation through sentencing enabling us to identify weaknesses in the State’s case against you.
We never settle for the easiest outcome or the typical result. We know how to negotiate with the State Attorney and we will work to get you the best possible outcome.
Melinda Morris has practiced criminal law for over 20 years. Our clients trust advice that comes from experience in nearly every type of criminal case.
We will know every client’s story because we will take the time to listen and understand. You will work with your attorney one-on-one at every stage of the process.
You will have the cell phone number of your attorney. Your attorney will directly return your call, email, or text to answer your pressing questions.
The government is wasting no time in trying to prove your guilt, a proactive defense is imperative. Prompt and decisive action from your defense attorney is of critical importance.
At Morris Law Firm, P.A., your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.
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