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Arson in Wisconsin Can Result in Serious Consequences When Someone Is Inadvertently Killed or Injured

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Wisconsin defense attorney, Wisconsin criminal statutesWhile arson crimes are typically considered less severe than those against people, they should never be taken lightly. This is especially true if someone is inadvertently killed or injured in the process. If you are up against arson charges in Wisconsin, or are facing arson charges along with additional charges because someone was killed or injured, it is critical that you know how the law may apply in your situation and where you can turn to for help.

Arson Property Charges

In the state of Wisconsin, arson charges are typically divided into two categories: those that involve damage to a building and those that involve property other than a building. Considered a Class C felony, arson of a building is the more severe of the two and is punishable by up to 40 years in prison and fines up to $100,000. While still considered a felony (Class I), arson to non-building property is a lesser charge, punishable by up to three-and-a-half years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

Keep in mind that intent is not required in an arson charge. If, for example, a fire occurred because of negligence or recklessness (i.e. starting a fire in an unsafe area), you could be charged. Furthermore, if there is any evidence that you may have inadvertently started a fire or caused an explosion, you could be charged, even if it was an accident (i.e. failing to control a fire on your own property that led to a fire or explosion of a neighboring property or structure).

Arson Charges Involving the Harm of Another Person

Whether the fire was intentionally set or not, any fire or explosion that inadvertently or intentionally causes harm to another human being will typically result in additional charges. The nature and severity of the additional charges typically hinge upon whether or not the arson was intentional, but that it is not always the case. In addition, any arson that was committed to either intentionally harm another person or cover up the harm of another person could result in very severe penalties.

Facing Arson Charges? Get the Quality Defense You Deserve

Regardless of the nature or severity of your arson charge, it is critical that you take the matter seriously. Conviction of any kind could put you in prison for a very long time, can affect where you will live and work once released, and leave you with a criminal record that can impact every aspect of your future. Handle the matter assertively by immediately contacting an experienced criminal defense law firm.  

The aggressive Milwaukee, Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP are known for going the extra mile. A dedicated and diverse team, we give every case the attention it deserves and use every resource we have to protect your rights and defend you in a court of law. Get the quality defense you deserve and contact a skilled team with more than 40 years of experience. Call 414-271-1440 today.

 

Sources:

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/crime/4049630-man-charged-after-homicide-arson-iron-county-bar

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/943

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