Blog Archives

Middlesex County Aggravated Arson Lawyers

Middlesex County Aggravated Arson Lawyers

In New Jersey, Aggravated Arson is a second degree crime which means that if convicted, it is almost certain that you will go to prison, even as a first offender.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should just accept your fate and give up. If you are charged with aggravated arson, you need to fight.  That starts with getting a team of Middlesex County Aggravated Arson Lawyers on your side.  See, Aggravated Arson requires that the State show that the defendant had a purpose to do one of five things such as the purpose to destroy a building.  In other words, just setting the fire does not mean that the case will be second degree arson.  Purpose is a legal term of art.  It is the highest mental state in our criminal justice system.  It means that it doesn’t matter how likely the result was, the State must prove that your goal was to do one of five things such as destroy the building.  If the defense can show that the defendant’s goal was to just cause a panic, than it is not second degree arson.

Of course, there are many other defenses to arson that mainly rely on whether or not the defendant is the one that caused the fire, whether the fire was intentional or an accident or whether it was even caused by a person.

If you have been charged with aggravated arson in Middlesex County, call the team of tough, smart lawyers today to discuss your case.