A person arrested for arson faces serious felony charges, a possible lengthy prison sentence, and a substantial fine. Arson involves intentionally starting a fire or an explosion with the intent to destroy or damage a structure. It includes insurance fraud if a fire is started in order to collect insurance proceeds. In South Dakota, there are several classes of arson, and most sentences range from 10 to 25 years imprisonment and fines between $20,000 and $50,000.
If you are charged with arson, there are a number of defenses you can use that might get your case dismissed. Three of those defenses are:
There are other defenses that can be used, such as Miranda warning violations and use of an invalid search warrant. That is why it is critical for a person to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately after being charged with this serious felony.
If you have been charged with arson, start an online chat, or call us at 888-733-2992 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. At Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, we will thoroughly investigate your case, explain your legal rights, and fight to get any charges dismissed or reduced.
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