Arson is a crime that is not uncommon in juveniles. In adult arson cases, insurance fraud can also be charged if the police feel the motivation was to get a payout from an insurance company.
There is little sympathy one will get from law enforcement and investigators in cases of alleged arson crimes. Arson crimes can include something as seemingly small as intentionally setting fire to the contents of a trashcan. For this reason, a juvenile may be charged with arson for a prank. One can be charged even for or an unsuccessful attempt to burn something. As arson is a felony, the consequences are severe, and it is vital that you enlist the aid of a trusted DFW criminal defense attorney right away.
Arson can be a first, second, or third degree felony. Conviction of a third-degree felony means a sentence of two to ten years in prison while a first-degree felony conviction can mean a prison sentence of up to 99 years. Arson resulting in the death or injury of another will be punished more severely than the burning of the contents of a dumpster.
Texas classifies homicides in five distinct groups based on the circumstances involved in the incident. Capital murder is the most serious of all homicide charges and can result in the death penalty. A murder may fall into this category if it was planned, victimized a person in a protected class, or was commissioned during another serious crime, such as kidnapping, rape or prison escape. Protected classes of people are firefighters, police officers, and children under six.
If a murder is not heinous enough to be classified as a capital murder, it will be a first- or second-degree felony. The penalty for these crimes can include up to life imprisonment and $10,000 in fines. Manslaughter is a lesser charge involving the unintentional killing of another person. Intoxication-related manslaughter charges may be filed when a drunk driver kills someone. Both types of manslaughter are second- or third-degree felonies and can result in 2 to 20 years in prison. Criminally negligent homicide occurs when the suspect could have easily prevented the death but failed to perform a basic duty that resulted in disaster. This crime is punishable by up to 2 years in jail and $10,000 in fines.
In a murder case, the defendant is being accused of malicious and premeditated thought. This means that they deliberately planned the attack and executed it. Manslaughter, on the other hand, is a crime that is considered to be carried out in the heat of the moment. In these cases, the defendant could have been provoked, emotionally stimulated, or could have acted negligently without intending to commit homicide at all. Due to these differences, criminal penalties that are associated with murder are typically much more severe than sentences for manslaughter.
If you have been accused of a violent crime such as murder, manslaughter, or arson then you have some very serious decisions to make, the most important of which is who will provide your criminal defense in Texas. Once you have a talented Dallas/Denton/Collin attorney on your team, making other decisions will be a lot easier. Your lawyer can help you decide if you should negotiate a plea bargain, can fight the admission of any evidence against you, or can get the charges reduced. He or she also can help investigate the crime to come up with more evidence in your favor.
In many situations, murder is punishable by death, so choosing the right criminal lawyer can be a life-saving decision, particularly in light of the fact that Texas performs executions at four times the rate of any other state. When you are accused of murder, you can be certain that the prosecution has loads of evidence pointing toward your guilt.
That is why it is so important to have a skilled attorney to help you fight evidence that was obtained illegally and obtain evidence in your favor. I, Attorney Efrain Sain, vow to do everything in my power to help you fight these charges. I will investigate the murder scene and perform any necessary forensic analysis with the help of qualified experts. If you have been accused of a murder, don't wait to get the representation you so desperately need.