Arson Defense Attorney in Toledo
Defending Arson Charges in Ohio
Have you been accused of arson? If so, it is critical that speak with a
capable legal counselor immediately. Arson is often considered a felony
offense and can yield significant penalties for the convicted. It is essential
that the defendants in these cases retain counsel ready to ensure that
these allegations receive the scrutiny they deserve.
Law Office of Lorin Zaner, our proven Toledo attorney has more than
four decades of legal experience with our justice system. Attorney Zaner knows how the state of Ohio pursues
convictions for these offenses and is ready to thoroughly and diligently
pursue the best possible outcome for his clients.
Favorable results can be possible. Explore your defense options with us.
Call (419) 741-4050 today.
Defining Arson in Ohio
Arson is defined as intentionally damaging property by means of fire or
explosion. Any degree of damage is enough to constitute an arson charge;
property can include a house or building, area of land, or item of personal
property such as a vehicle, boat, or airplane.
In order to be convicted of arson, the prosecution must convince the jury
that the following are true beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The defendant caused or created the fire knowingly
- The defendant used fire or an explosion
- The fire or damage placed a serious risk of physical harm to at least one
of the following: someone else's property without the owner's consent,
someone's property with the intent of committing fraud, a government building,
someone else's property according to an agreement for hire.
Ohio separates arson offenses into two different categories: arson (Ohio
Revised Code § 2909.03) and aggravated arson (Ohio Revised Code §
2909.02). Within these statutes, however, the severity of an arson charge
can vary depending on the circumstances of the alleged incident.
- Simple arson is a first-degree misdemeanor
- Arson that causes injury or damage of $500 or more is a fourth-degree felony
- Arson that is committed for the purpose of fraud is a fourth-degree felony
- Arson that targets state property is a fourth-degree felony
- Arson that targets forests, wetlands, etc. is a fourth-degree felony
- Arson that involves an agreement to hire is a third-degree felony
- Arson that involves an occupied structure is a second-degree felony (aggravated arson)
Have you been accused of one of the above offenses? If so, our firm is
ready to hear from you.
Attorney Zaner is well-versed in assessing these cases, exposing circumstantial evidence,
consulting with experts, and ensuring that his clients receive the consideration
they deserve before our criminal justice system.
Do not wait to start exploring your defense options. Use our online form
to request a free case evaluation with Attorney Zaner today.