Arson Defense Attorney in Cleveland, OH
Understanding Your Charges & Your Legal Rights
If you have been charged with a property crime involving the use of fire or explosives, you’re facing prosecution under O.R.C. 2909.03. This statute covers a number of scenarios with different levels of punishment. The most important thing to know, besides the seriousness of your charge, is that you have the right to an attorney.
At Patituce & Associates, our Cleveland criminal defense lawyers have helped people like you for more than 30 combined years. As former prosecutors, we know how both sides of the courtroom work. You can trust in us to protect your rights!
To discuss your case with a member of our team, call (440) 709-8088 now.
What Are the Penalties for Arson in Ohio?
Ohio’s arson code covers a variety of circumstances, each with varying degrees of legal penalties. For instance, causing or creating a substantial risk of physical harm to property without the owner’s consent is a first-degree misdemeanor and may lead to 6 months in jail. Where the value of the property is more than $100,000, the charge becomes a fourth degree felony, with the potential for up to 18 months in prison. The same sentencing applies when the risk of harm is directed at a courthouse, public building, forest, park, or public greenway.
What Are the Penalties for Aggravated Arson?
Aggravated arson charges are extremely serious, and prosecutors take every step possible to win a conviction.
- Prosecutors can charge aggravated arson at two levels:
- Second-Degree Felony - Punishable by up to 8 years in prison.
- First-Degree Felony - Punishable by up to 11 years in prison
Second-degree felony is best-case scenario for aggravated arson charges. You will face second-degree charges if an occupied structure was damaged. If your alleged conduct created a substantial risk of serious physical harm to others, or you offered / accepted money to create that risk, you will face first-degree felony charges.
Call Patituce & Associates now at (440) 709-8088 to schedule your first consultation with one of our Cleveland defense lawyers. We are here to help you.