In 2014, Utah reported 223 arson incidents that year. While the frequency of this property crime is minimal in comparison with violent crimes, arson is still a serious offense. Although arson is a crime against property and not persons, the fallout of this crime is still damaging.
Victims of arson are left with the task to rebuild their lives after this type of offense. If you or a family member is accused of arson, you are at risk of jail time, fines, and permanent damage to your reputation. An accomplished attorney will work for you to reduce these risks.
For over 24 years, Susanne Gustin has been defending clients aggressively in a court of law. Throughout her career, she has successfully defended a multitude of clients against property crimes, violent crimes, and sexually motivated crimes.
Having a lawyer as experienced as Susanne Gustin on your side during these times is crucial to beating these charges. If you have been accused of arson and live in the Salt Lake Count or Davis County area, call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 to get started with a free consultation.
Utah Code finds a person guilty of arson when he or she, by means of fire or explosives, unlawfully and intentionally damages any property to defraud an insurer, or damages the property of another.
Although most people are under the impression that arson is a minor offense, Utah takes this crime seriously. Depending on the surrounding circumstances of the act, arson can be punishable as a felony or a misdemeanor.
An arson charge can be upgraded to aggravated arson, if by means of fire or explosives, an actor intentionally and unlawfully damages a habitable structure; or any structure or vehicle when a non-participant is in the structure.
When an arson charge is increased to aggravated arson, the charges become far more severe. Aggravated arson is a first-degree felony punishable by a sentence of five years to life imprisonment and/or $10,000 in related fees.
U.S. Fire Administration- This is a federal organization for arson prevention and serial arson awareness.
National Fire Protection Association- This site offers a national resource of information on fire safety, arson statistics, and arson prevention.
Property crimes such as arson can be relentless on a person’s record. Fighting these types of scarring allegations require a tough defense attorney unafraid of a challenge. Call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 today for your free consultation.
Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law services Salt Lake City, Davis County, West Valley City, Layton, West Jordan, Bountiful, and surrounding areas.