Have you been charged with aggravated arson in Ohio? Aggravated arson is a very serious criminal offense. An aggravated arson charge is different from arson; in that, the property that was set on fire was occupied by people or the fire caused or created a substantial risk of harm to another person other than the initial offender.
It is important to be aware that an aggravated arson conviction will result in severe, unforgiving penalties and will permanently remain on your criminal background for the rest of your life. Aggravated arson charges typically are brought forth when law enforcement and investigators are purposefully looking for evidence of suspicious behavior after a fire occurs. Regardless of what happened in your case, it is understandable that you are probably scared and overwhelmed by the charges that you are currently facing. You do not have go through this experience alone. The Cincinnati aggravated arson lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates are here to provide their experience, understanding and legal counsel to help you deal with the aggravated arson charge that you are facing.
Aggravated arson is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2909.02) as anyone, who through means of fire or explosion, knowingly carries out any of the following:
- Creates a substantial risk of serious physical harm to anyone other than the initial offender;
- Causes physical harm to any occupied structure;
- Creates through the offer or acceptance of an agreement for hire or other consideration a substantial risk of physical harm to any occupied structure.
Aggravated Arson Penalties
If you are convicted of aggravated arson in Ohio, the penalties that you will face are dependent on the facts and circumstances of your particular case.
If you are convicted of aggravated arson in Ohio and the facts of your case indicate that you have created a substantial risk of serious physical harm to another person, you will be charged with a first-degree felony. This charge entails a minimum of 3 years and up to 10 years in prison, in addition, paying to up to $20,000 in fines.
If you are convicted of aggravated arson and the facts of your case indicate that you have created through the offer or acceptance of an agreement for hire or other consideration a substantial risk of physical harm to an occupied structure, you will be charged with a first-degree felony. You will face a minimum of 3 years and up to 10 years in prison in addition to paying up to $20,000 in fines.
If you are convicted of aggravated arson and the facts of your case indicate that you caused physical harm to an occupied structure, then you will you be charged with a second-degree felony. You will face a minimum of two years and a maximum of eight years in prison in addition to fines up to $15,000.
Other Consequences of Aggravated Arson
An aggravated arson conviction will be on your criminal record for the rest of your life. In addition to jail time and potentially hefty fines, an aggravated arson conviction will have a negative impact on other areas of your life as well. As a result of the conviction, you will be known as someone who set fire to someone else’s property and caused serious damage and destruction. You may face difficulty keeping or finding a job, furthering your education, difficulty financially, maintaining professional licensures and keeping custody of your children.
Every day in Ohio, there are many individuals who are charged with aggravated arson. If you are facing aggravated arson charges, it is imperative that you immediately contact the Cincinnati Criminal Defense Attorneys. An aggravated arson charge can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, and you do not have to go through it alone. Although every case is different, it is crucial that you obtain an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney as soon as possible who will fight vigorously for your legal rights and best interest. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the better your options will be regarding your sentence. The Cincinnati Criminal Defense team has successfully defended hundreds of individuals charged with aggravated arson. Their knowledge, experience, and compassion for your case will help you receive the justice you deserve.