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Arson is considered a serious crime in Georgia. However, that does not mean that starting a fire is illegal in every circumstance. Three statutes cover arson, ranging in severity from the first degree to the third degree.

If you are charged with third-degree arson and found guilty, a minimum sentence of one-year imprisonment applies. Arson covers the damage or encouragement of damage to property using fire or explosives. These conditions apply to first, second, and third-degree arson charges.

Defining Arson in Georgia Law

Knowingly damaging certain dwellings may lead to an arson charge in Georgia. For instance, if another individual has a security interest in an occupied or unoccupied dwelling, that property is covered under state and federal law. Similarly, such dwellings or insured vehicles against loss or damage are afforded protections against deliberate damage.

Attempts to defraud others may play a role in arson charges. How your case progresses will depend on the unique circumstances of the event and who has suffered losses or damages. Motivation is also a factor that can determine which of the three statutes apply in each case. An experienced defense lawyer can navigate these challenges and provide strong representation.

Arson Investigation, Atlanta

The State Fire Marshal’s Investigation Unit is primarily tasked with supporting law enforcement, the fire service, and insurance companies in criminal investigations. All parties have processes to establish the cause of possible motivation in fires or explosions that damage property.

An arson investigation is often complex and involves multiple law enforcement agencies, insurance providers, and other organizations. Therefore, your legal representative must have the experience and fortitude to defend against any claims of wrongdoing leveled against you.

Jeff Manciagli Trial Attorney

Jeff Manciagli, Trial Attorney, will fight to protect you against legal jeopardy. As a Georgia resident, you have the right to defend against arson charges. Call our offices in Atlanta today to discuss your case. Do not delay seeking support if you have been charged with crimes related to starting a fire or using explosives. Instead, seek counsel from an Atlanta trial attorney who knows how to fight these charges. Contact Jeff Manciagli today at (404) 642-9080.

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