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Denver Arson Defense Lawyer

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Defending arson charges is highly complex due to the numerous types of arson charges possible. Are the arson charges made by federal or state officials? Are the charges for first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree arson? What were the factors for determining the degree of charges and can the charges be reduced? These are questions that only an experienced Denver arson lawyer can answer.

Discuss your case with me today in a complimentary case evaluation.

Arson Attorney in Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Arapahoe and Adams Counties

I am David L. Owen Jr., a skilled Denver arson attorney, and I have defended clients against arson fire charges for 33 years. For a no-charge consultation regarding your state or federal arson charges, contact my office for a free consultation.

Arson charges can bring immediate feelings of alarm and panic, but there is hope. When I handle your arson charge, I can immediately begin an investigation of your criminal case.

What are the Degrees of Arson?

  • First-degree arson occurs when a person knowingly burns another person's building or structure without that person's permission, and the building or structure is occupied. First-degree arson is a Class 3 felony in Colorado, with a maximum prison sentence of up to 12 years for those who are convicted of this type of felony.
  • Second-degree arson occurs under Colorado law when someone burns someone else's property without that person's consent, and the property is anything other than an occupied building or structure. Second-degree arson is a Class 4 felony if the property burned was worth more than $100.00, while a Class 2 misdemeanor if the property was worth less than $100.00.
  • Third-degree arson occurs when a person intentionally uses fire or explosives to damage property with an intent to defraud. A person convicted of third-degree arson in Colorado faces the penalties imposed for all Class 4 felonies.
  • fourth-degree arson occurs when a person knowingly or recklessly creates a fire or explosion that puts another person's life or property in danger. If a person is put in danger, fourth-degree arson is a Class 4 felony; if only property is damaged, fourth-degree arson is a Class 2 misdemeanor if the property is worth more than $100.00 and a Class 3 misdemeanor if the property is worth less than $100.00.

If you hire me, I work with arson experts to examine and determine the following:

  • Burn patterns
  • Flame intensity
  • Damage patterns

Often, charges can be reduced based on intent, imminent danger, property destruction, and value of property destruction. I will work with forensic accountants to evaluate financial motivations and determine whether the accused was really "in desperate need of money."

Arson Investigations & Your Defense

Evidence involved in fire cases is often based on the specific circumstances. For that reason, a creative defense will need to be built by a lawyer who has knowledge of the laws pertaining to arson.

Common arson cases include:

  • Setting fire to a house
  • Setting fire to a religious building
  • Negligent use of fire
  • Arson with the intent to disguise another crime
  • Insurance fraud through home fire

With the use of experts, an experienced attorney can show that the tire was accidental. If the fire was the cause of negligence, the method of defense will be vastly different.

If intent is established, your defense may include at least one of the following:

  • Insufficient evidence
  • Mistaken identification
  • Falsely accused

Contact David L. Owen, Jr., P.C. for a Free Consultation

I offer same-day appointments, and am available weekends and evenings by request. Due to my experience as a former federal public defender, I have built a reputation for understanding the tactics of the prosecutors. I will aggressively represent you best interests, all while providing you with the respect and honesty you deserve.

Ready to discuss your case? Call me at (303) 622-3281 or contact me online today.

Tough Defense Strategies for Tough Criminal Charges

  • Fight to reduce, dismiss, or acquit your charges.

  • Keep you informed of your case at all times.

  • Available for evening, weekend appointments and jail visits.

  • Former first assistant federal public defender.

  • Complimentary and confidential consultations.

  • Will travel to you to hear your side of the story