Arson Charges in Texas
An accusation of arson means investigators believe you intentionally started a fire or caused an explosion with the goal of damaging or destroying property. Arson is a felony of the second degree if the alleged offender starts the fire while knowing the property is:
- Within the limits of an incorporated town or city
- Insured against damage or destruction
- Subject to a mortgage
- Located on property belonging to another individual
- Contains property belonging to another person
Punishment for a second degree felony in Texas can range from two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Certain situations can further increase the penalty for arson. For example, setting fire to a habitation or place of worship is a first degree felony.
In some cases, an intentionally set fire can burn out of control, causing accidental property damage or injuries. In this case, the penalties may be reduced to no more than two years in a state jail facility. The punishments for fires which result in serious injuries or death are much more severe. Depending on the details of your case, you may be facing capital murder charges, the sentence for which is life without parole or death.
Facing an Arson Investigation
After a suspicious fire, local authorities and investigators with the Texas Fire Marshal will conduct an investigation. These investigators use advanced chemical analyses to locate the point of origin and potential cause of the fire. Law enforcement will also look for motive, such as insurance fraud or hate crimes. Multiple agencies may be involved in the investigations, as well as private experts dressed in plain clothes.
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If you believe you are being investigated as a potential suspect, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Avoid speaking to investigators without your legal representation present. An innocent comment to the wrong person could quickly come back to haunt you.
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