If you are being charged with arson, in Overland Park, Kansas, this blog will explain what the prosecutor must prove you did, the potential punishments and your defenses.
Kansas Arson Defined
Whether your crime was in Johnson County, or somewhere else in Kansas, arson is if you 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 property or building by fire or explosive as a result of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance. You many set the fire for enjoyment or with the intention of fraud and be charged with the same crime. Here are some of the other common fire starting reasons, that have resulted in this criminal charge:
Kansas Aggravated Arson
As you will see below, if you are charged with an aggravated arson the potential jail/prison time greatly increases. Arson becomes an aggravated offense when:
Kansas Arson Punishments
In Johnson County, Kansas along with fees and fines, here are the potential consequences:
Level 6, person felony (minimum 32 months imprisonment)
Kansas Arson Defenses
Oftentimes, these cases require that you have an expert review the evidence against you and refute the findings. Some defenses against this crime are as follows:
Defending against arson is often difficult, particularly where there is believed to be a motive (ex. insurance fraud). The prosecutor must show that you were both the correct person and the cause of the fire. You need an aggressive Kansas defense attorney on your side. Your freedom is at risk. Call us NOW 913.602.7288.
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