Simple arson is defined as the intentional damage of property belonging to another, by any explosive substance or setting a fire, without the consent of the owner.
However, it is possible to be charged with arson even if the offender did not intend to commit the requisite offense. If the offender - while in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of a felony offense - unintentionally causes an explosion or starts a fire, the offender shall also be charged with arson.
Criminal offenses of arson in Louisiana are as follows:
Aggravated Arson is the intentional damaging, by any explosive substance or the setting fire, to any structure, watercraft, or movable, when it is foreseeable that human life might be endangered.
Injury by Arson is the intentional damaging by any explosive substance or the setting fire to any structure, watercraft, or other movable belonging to another, if either:
The penalties for Simple Arson are dependent upon the amount of monetary damage caused.
Where the damage amounts to $500 or more:
The crime of arson is typically used to disguise other serious crimes such as murder or insurance fraud.
This makes arson cases harder to prove: these cases often require special fire investigators and analysts to help prove important aspects of the crime, such as the origin of the fire.
The Norris Law Group, LLC has the skill set to navigate you through the legal system and provide you with an opportunity to fight the charges against you. If you or a loved one have recently been charged with arson in the Shreveport - Bossier area, Attorney Ebonee Norris and her team will work tirelessly to defend you.
Take advantage of a confidential consultation by calling 318-771-7000 today.
La. R.S. 14:52.
La. R.S. 14:51.
La. R.S. 14:51.1.
La. R.S. 14:52.1.