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The crime of arson is considered incredibly seriously in California, particularly as it can contribute to brush fires, which can grow out of control and cost lives and money in drier areas of the state. Likewise, the circumstances of the crime will dictate what kind of punishment you may receive. For example, if you are convicted of arson of a structure or forest land, you would be guilty of a felony crime.

If you’re facing an arson charge, give yourself the best chance of avoiding a conviction by talking to one of our skilled Santa Barbara violent crimes lawyers. Appel & Morse have 40 years of legal experience to offer your case, and we can provide experienced legal counsel regarding your situation.

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Felony arson charges could result in imprisonment for 2 to 6 years, while simple arson of property that isn’t your own personal property can lead to a felony charge, which requires 16 months to 3 years in prison. A crime that causes an inhabited structure or inhabited property to burn is a felony punishable by 3 to 8 years in state prison. Aggravated arson is a felony that can lead to imprisonment for up to 10 years. Even attempting arson can earn you a prison sentence of up to 3 years. Likewise, no matter the level of arson you are convicted of, you can also face up to $50,000 in fines.

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Setting fires can get out of control quickly. If you’re facing a crime that could mean the loss of your freedom for up to a decade, you will need the help of an experienced Santa Barbara criminal defense attorney. Our firm offers flat fees and payment options in addition to flexible appointment times. We can work with you to help you fight these potentially life-altering charges.

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