Intentionally setting fire to someone’s home or other occupied structure without their consent is charged as First Degree Arson in Greeley, Erie, and Evans. A man was recently charged with this crime for setting fire to the garage of the home he was living in as a way to get revenge on his roommate. According to the report, the man was angry with the roommate for drawing a penis on his face while he was passed out drunk. He got his reatliation by setting fire to the garage. I’m not sure how setting fire to the house you live in only gets your roommate back, but maybe he didn’t think his plan all the way through. Regardless, he and his roommate were able to extinguish the fire before emergency personnel arrived, but that didn’t stop the police from charging him with First Degree Arson.
Weld County First Degree Arson Retaliation Lawyer: Definition of First Degree Arson in Morgan County
The Weld, Morgan, and Logan County, Colorado law definition of First Degree Arson – C.R.S. 18-4-102 – is:
Likely, the home did not belong to the man or his roommate, but instead was a rental. Therefore, the man technically damaged the property of the homeowner. His admitting to setting the fire as revenge, supports an argument that he ‘knowingly’ set the fire, not accidentally.
Sentence for First Degree Arson in Sterling and Logan County
As a class 3 felony in Sterling and Logan County, First Degree Arson is punishable by 4 to 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $750,000 in fines. This would not include restitution, which is the amount of money a victim requests to repair the damage caused by the criminal act. If there was serious damage to the structure of the garage or major repairs were needed, the restitution amount could be extremely high.
If you or someone you love has been charged with First Degree Arson, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best Arson defense attorneys from the O’Malley Law Office at 970-616-6009 to schedule a free initial consultation. Together, we can protect your future.
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