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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) 388-4736 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) 388-4736 to get an experienced and diligent defense attorney on your side.