Defense Attorney, William Twyford, Esq., puts his experience
as an Arson Criminal Defense Lawyer to work for those in
Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County and the
Surrounding Central Florida areas.
today to schedule a confidential consultation with
Attorney William Twyford
about your legal rights, options and goals involving Arson
Defense or other Criminal Defense issues or disputes.
Arson is a crime that involves the intentional and malicious
setting of a fire to a home, building, woodland area, motor
vehicle, or other types of personal or private property with
intent to cause damage.
Science, technology and techniques have come a long way over
the past few decades in helping to determine how a fire was
started. However, the legal system still finds itself
prosecuting individuals for criminal acts of arson to assert
blame for accidental fires, or even prosecuting the wrong
person for a criminal act of arson.
The elements of an arson crime the prosecution must prove
“beyond a reasonable doubt” in order to achieve a conviction
includes, but may not be limited to:
That you were present at the structure or conveyance to
commit the act of arson;
That you had means to commit the arson;
And that you carried out the act of arson.
It is not always required that the prosecution prove
“motive” in an arson case. An example is if a person did not
use good judgment or common sense when disposing of a
cigarette in a woodland area or in a building where
flammable materials are present.
While arson is typically charged as a felony crime, arson
may also be prosecuted as a misdemeanor in the form of,
"criminal mischief", or "destruction of property."
Depending on other factors of the alleged crime, the accused
may face additional criminal charges such as burglary,
criminal trespassing, robbery or theft, or even murder or
manslaughter if the act of arson caused or directly
contributed to the death of another.
A criminal conviction for arson may result in incarceration
in jail (for misdemeanor crimes), incarceration in prison
(for felony crimes), lengthy periods of probation, fines, or
other mandatory classes, mandatory programs, or penalties
that the court may have the authority to impose as a result
of a criminal conviction.
If arrested and charged with committing an arson crime, make
sure you become fully aware of your legal rights and the
options that may be available to you under the law in order
to reach the best possible outcome relating to the defense
of arson or other criminal charges you are facing.
If have questions, concerns, or need to address legal issues
relating to arson defense or other criminal defense matters,
seek the legal advice and representation of an aggressive
criminal defense attorney. At
Twyford Law, LLC,
you will work with an experienced lawyer who is dedicated to
protecting the legal rights those accused, arrested and
charged with arson or other criminal charges in Lakeland,
Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County and the Surrounding
Central Florida areas.
863.585.5283 to discuss your legal rights, options, and
needs relating to Arson Crime Defense or other Criminal
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