Arson can be charged in Thornton, Northglenn, and Commerce City whenever someone sets fire to or burns property. Whether the property is damaged or destroyed, impactful criminal charges can result. A man was arrested in Colorado last week after allegedly trying to set fire to other people using an accelerant in a local park. The situation escalated when the suspect's friend allegedly assaulted a firefighter and a bystander during the arrest. Criminal charges like these require strategic representation from an experienced arson lawyer.
Jefferson County Second Degree Arson by Fireworks
The 4th of July is a celebration of fun. Fireworks remain a central part of this national holiday, even if the government is trying to shut them down. No, Jefferson County government, we don't want your perfect world where no one is injured, because no one has any fun. Life is full of risks and a charge of 2nd Degree Arson is ridiculous simply because a dry field caught fire from a firecracker.
Arson in the 3rd Degree or Third Degree Arson - One Crime for Fraud by Fire
Imagine someone who sets their business building on fire, because they want their insurance company to build them a newer, nicer building. If they are caught, they will be charged with Third Degree Arson, C.R.S. 18-4-104 in Jefferson and Araphaoe County.
Arson Charges Lawyer in Boulder County Relate to Fire and Explosions - Big and Small
Fourth Degree Arson charges were filed recently against two men who were camping and allegedly failed to completely extinguish their fire. The campfire was later whipped by high winds and embers blown to nearby brush which ignited. The fire burned nearly 600 acres in Boulder County. This shows that felony charges can result from negligence related to fire - not just intentionally starting a fire. The biggest concern these men may face is millions of dollars of restitution for the losses caused by the fire.
Arson is essentially setting fire to the property of another. When someone is charged with the crime, they need an attorney who will help protect their rights and fight for their freedom. Fire crimes are multi-tiered criminal offenses which can be charged as any one of four crimes; First Degree Arson (C.R.S. 18-4-102), Second Degree Arson (C.R.S. 18-4-103), Third Degree Arson (C.R.S. 18-4-104), and Fourth Degree Arson (C.R.S. 18-4-105). In an exceptional way, this crime is one of the few crimes that any of the four different degrees could all be charged as a felony.
With the fires raging in Colorado Springs (El Paso County), Fort Collins (Larimer County) and now Boulder (Boulder County), I can't help but think some of these fires may be caused by Arson, C.R.S. 18-4-101. Arson in Colorado generally involves the knowing or reckless starting of a fire.
Two young men were arrested for Arson in Estes Park for starting a fire in a home after they robbed it. Accordingly to The Denver Post, the two 19-year-old Estes Park, Colorado, residents are facing felony charges for first degree arson (a class 3 felony) and second degree burglary (a class four felony in our state) as well as a misdemeanor theft change. Upon arrest the young men were taken to Larimer County, Colorado, jail. (C.R.S 18-4-102, C.R.S. 18-4-203)