MA Arson Charges / Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you are facing arson charges, you need a high-quality attorney on your side. Arson is punishable by up to 20 years in jail, or 2½ years in the house of correction. You can also be fined up to $10,000.
According to Massachusetts Criminal Law, Arson is defined as:
Willfully and maliciously setting fire to, or burning, a house.
This definition includes those who aid, counsel or procure materials. The word house includes all buildings used as dwellings, such as apartment complexes, tenement houses, hotels, boarding houses, dormitories, institutions, and sanatoria.
When you are facing an Arson charge, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the fire was set deliberately, or with malice. A fire started, or left burning by accident, is not Arson. Attorney Joseph B Simons will examine the prosecution’s evidence, file appropriate motions, and when a trial is in your best interest, go to bat for you.
If you have been arrested, are facing arraignment, are being investigated, or have been questioned by police, you need an attorney to protect your rights.