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Kansas Arson Criminal Charges

Arson is if a person knowingly or accidentally, by means of fire or explosive, damage any building or property with the intention to injure or defraud an insurer of the property or the owner of the property.

Arson is also damaging any building or property by fire or explosive as a result of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance.

Arson criminal charges typically come from intentionally a person setting fire to a building or property out of enjoyment or purposes of fraud. It can also be setting fire to land, forest, or a boat. Arson cases have a wide range of charges due to the chaotic nature and extensive damage that can be caused.

Arson is considered a property crime in the state of Kansas. Arson charges can have very serious consequences. Punishments tend to be a more severe felony charge due to the potential to cause injuries or death.

If you have been charged with arson in Johnson County, Kansas do not hesitate call Vincent Rivera immediately at (913) 210-0844 or schedule a private consultation.

Why Do People Commit Arson?

Arson is committed for many reasons including but not limited to committing insurance fraud by burning down property to collect quick insurance settlements.

There Are Six Main Reasons Arson Is Committed:

  1. Vandalism
  2. Excitement
  3. Revenge
  4. Crime concealment
  5. Profit
  6. Extremism

Aggravated Arson

If Arson is committed while a person is in the building or property that is considered Aggravated Arson. Also, If a firefighter or law enforcement officer receives great bodily harm or disfigurement while fighting or investigating the fire that too is considered Aggravated Arson.

Being charged with Arson or Aggravated can have severe consequences and punishments. If you or a loved one have any questions or need counsel from an experienced Kansas arson attorney contact Vincent Rivera immediately.

Arson As A Felony

Level 6, Person felony (minimum 32 months imprisonment)

  • Knowingly, by means of fire or explosive damaging any building or property which is a dwelling (a house, apartment, or other place of residence.) in which another person has any interest without the consent of such other person; is a Level 6, Person felony (minimum 32 months imprisonment)
  • Knowingly, by means of fire or explosive damaging any building or property is a dwelling (a house, apartment, or other place of residence.) with intent to injure or defraud an insurer or lienholder; is a Level 6, Person felony (minimum 32 months imprisonment)

Level 7, nonperson felony (minimum 15 months imprisonment)

  • Knowingly, by means of fire or explosive damaging any building or property which is not a dwelling (a house, apartment, or other place of residence.) in which another person has any interest without the consent of such other person; Level 7, nonperson felony (minimum 15 months imprisonment)
  • Knowingly, by means of fire or explosive damaging any building or property which is not a dwelling (a house, apartment, or other place of residence.) with intent to injure or defraud an insurer or lienholder; is a Level 7, nonperson felony (minimum 15 months imprisonment)

Level 7, person felony (minimum 22 months imprisonment)

Accidentally, by means of fire or explosive as a result of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance damaging any building or property which is not a dwelling (a house, apartment, or other place of residence.); is a Level 7, person felony (minimum 22 months imprisonment)

Level 3, person felony (minimum 89 months imprisonment)

  • Aggravated arson is committed upon a building or property in which there is a human being and results in a substantial risk of bodily harm; is a Level 3, person felony (minimum 89 months imprisonment)
  • Aggravated arson which results in great bodily harm or disfigurement to a firefighter or law enforcement officer in the course of fighting or investigating the fire; Level 3, person felony (minimum 89 months imprisonment)

Level 6, person felony (minimum 32 months imprisonment)

Aggravated arson is committed upon a building or property in which there is a human being and results in a no substantial risk of bodily harm; is a Level 6, person felony (minimum 32 months imprisonment).

Our Kansas Criminal Defense Firm Can Help

If you have been charged with arson or aggravated arson you need help that gives your individual case or situation the attention you deserve.

Our firm has the experience and education to help you or your loved ones when they need it. Schlagel Long Rivera, LLC represents clients in Johnson County and Wyandotte County, Kansas including cities of Olathe, Overland Park, Leavenworth and Douglas.

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