Arson

DOTHAN ARSON ATTORNEYS

Experienced Arson lawyers investigating criminal cases in Abbeville, Ozark, Geneva, Troy and all of South Alabama

Do you have a legal fire you need to put out?  The Dothan arson lawyers are Parkman White, LLP know how to help and have experience representing those being investigated for arson in Dothan and throughout Alabama.

Most arson cases arise in two distinct situations: 1.  A defendant being accuesed of the burning their own property to collect insurance, or 2.  A defendant being accused of burning someone else’s property to cause them physical or financial harm.

In almost every fire where the damage is covered by a policy of insurance, the insurance company performs an arson investigation to attempt to avoid paying the loss.  In fact, most insurance companies have fire investigators on salary.  That’s why you need experts on your side.  The Dothan arson attorneys at Parkman White, LLP like to get involved as soon after the fire as possible.  We have experience in hiring our own fire investigators to determine the cause of the fire, rather than rely on the insurance company or law enforcement.  If you are going to make a substantial fire damage claim, you owe it to yourself to consult with our arson attorneys, so we can protect your interests.

Likewise, if you are the target of an investigation of someone else’s property being burned, we can help.  We will explore your alibi to show you could not have caused the fire because you were not in the area.  We will also explore whether the fire was arson at all, or whether it was from natural causes or electrical problems.

Alabama law recognizes three different degrees of Arson.

Arson in the First Degree

According to Code of Alabama (1975) 13A-7-41, Arson I is when you intentionally set fire to a building while people are inside.  This crime is a Class A felony subjecting the defendant to a sentence of up to life in prison.

Arson in the Second Degree

According to Code of Alabama (1975) 13A-7-42, Arson II is when you intentionally damage a building in which a third party has an interest by setting it on fire without their consent.  This crime is a Class B felony subjecting the defendant to a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Arson in the Third Degree

According to Code of Alabama (1975) 13A-7-43, Arson III is when you recklessly causes damage to a building in which a third party has an interest by fire or explosion without their consent.  This crime is a misdemeanor because it is not intentional.

The Dothan arson lawyers with Parkman White, LLP have extensive experience in Arson cases and are ready to fight both law enforcement and the insurance company for you.  If you feel you are the target of an arson investigation, don’t wait, but call us today at 334-792-1900.