Arson involves burning property illegally. Colorado law has four different versions of criminal arson depending upon the type of property burned, how it is burned, and whether people are put in danger by the burning.

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First Degree Arson

First-degree arson is defined by CRS 18-4-102(1). A prosecutor can charge first-degree arson when they have probable cause to believe that a person has knowingly burned another person’s building without permission, and that structure is occupied. The legislature defines first-degree arson as when a person:

  1. Knowingly
  2. set fire to, burned, caused to be burned, or by the use of any explosive damaged or destroyed, or caused to be damaged or destroyed,
  3. any building or occupied structure,
  4. of another,
  5. without that person’s consent.

First-degree arson is a class 3 felony with the possibility of up to 12 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000.

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Although each case is different, there are several defenses to arson charges including alibi, defense, mistaken identity, general denial, elemental defenses, and others. Many of these defenses can be used to get charges dropped or dismissed or a not guilty verdict at trial.

If you have been charged with arson an experienced Denver arson attorney is essential. Get in touch with experienced Boulder arson defense attorney Jason Savela by calling (720) 821-1001.