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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Third Degree Arson

Third-degree arson is is defined by CRS 18-4-104(1). Third-degree arson occurs when a person intentionally uses fire or explosives to damage property with an intent to defraud. This is usually charged when a person burns property in order to collect insurance money for the loss of the property. The legislature defines first-degree arson as when a person:

1. intentionally,
2. damaged any property,
3. by means of fire or explosives,
4. with intent to defraud.

Third-degree arson is a class 4 felony with the possibility of 2 to 6 years in prison.

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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 Denver arson defense attorney Jason Savela by calling (720) 821-1001.