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Arson is defined as the intentional and malicious burning or charring of a property or structure. Arson cases are typically classified as felonies, the most serious level of crime carrying with it the most severe legal consequences.
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Benefits of Hiring Hatfield Law for Arson Cases
At Hatfield Law, our attorneys are familiar with the latest arson laws and defenses. It is important to hire an experienced arson defense lawyer because arson crimes are fact-sensitive and rely heavily on fire investigations and reconstructions.Contact Us
What Can Our Child Support Attorneys Do?
Whether you are the paying spouse or the spouse receiving child support, experienced lawyers at Hatfield Law will ensure that you understand the legal matters involved in your specific case. As divorce cases can be contentious, we will work closely with you and guide you through this complex process, determine the right support, inform and exercise your rights, and safeguard the best interests of your child.
Below is a list of a child support and custody issues that we can work on:
- Child Removal & Relocation Petitions
- Modifications & Enforcements of Child Support
- Parental Relocation Request & Abduction
- Child Custody. Parenting Time, & Visitation
- Grandparent & Non-Biological Parent Custody and Visitation
- International Family Law & Hague Convention Cases
Here is a list of types of cases that we believe require a lawyer :
- Spousal Support/
- Family Law for Military Personnel
- Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
- Non-Traditional Adoption
How Can a Marriage be Annulled?
Although every state has its own regulations and laws with regard to marriage annulment and divorce, there are some laws that still apply to the whole country. It is important to note that an annulment can be initiated by any party who is married. In order for an annulment to be approved by the Court, the individual who is initiating it needs to prove that there are indeed grounds for it. The marriage will only be annulled when the court decides that there is some legal basis to these grounds. Some of the grounds for an annulment of a marriage include the following:Contact Us
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
About Arson Cases
A Person Who, By Means Of Fire, Explosive, Or Destructive Device, Knowingly Or Intentionally Damages:
- (1) a dwelling of another person without the other person's consent;
- (2) property of any person under circumstances that endanger human life;
- (3) property of another person without the other person's consent if the pecuniary loss is at least five thousand dollars ($5,000); or
- (4) a structure used for religious worship without the consent of the owner of the structure;
commits arson, a level 4 felony. however, the offense is a level 3 felony if it results in bodily injury to any person other than a defendant and a level 2 felony if it results in serious bodily injury to any person other than a defendant.
A Person Who Commits Arson For Hire Commits A Level 4 Felony. However, The Offense Is:
- (1) a level 3 felony if it results in bodily injury to any other person; and
- (2) a level 2 felony if it results in serious bodily injury to any other person.
A Person Who, By Means Of Fire, Explosive, Or Destructive Device, Knowingly Or Intentionally Damages Property Of Any Person With Intent To Defraud Commits Arson, A Level 6 Felony.
A Person Who, By Means Of Fire, Explosive, Or Destructive Device, Knowingly Or Intentionally Damages Property Of Another Person Without The Other Person's Consent So That The Resulting Pecuniary Loss Is At Least Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250) But Less Than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) Commits Arson, A Level 6 Felony.
A Person Who Commits An Offense Under Subsection (A), (B), (C), Or (D) Commits A Separate Offense For Each Person Who Suffers A Bodily Injury Or Serious Bodily Injury That Is Caused By The Violation Of Subsection (A), (B), (C), Or (D).
About Bribery Cases
In Indiana, assault cases are normally charged as one of the following three Indiana statutes:
Sec. 2 . (a) A person who:
- (1) confers, offers, or agrees to confer on a public servant, either before or after the public servant becomes appointed, elected, or qualified, any property, except property the public servant is authorized by law to accept, with intent to control the performance of an act related to the employment or function of the public servant or because of any official act performed or to be performed by the public servant, former public servant, or person selected to be a public servant;
- (2) being a public servant, solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept, either before or after the person becomes appointed, elected, or qualified, any property, except property the person is authorized by law to accept, with intent to control the performance of an act related to the person's employment or function as a public servant;
- (3) confers, offers, or agrees to confer on a person any property, except property the person is authorized by law to accept, with intent to cause that person to control the performance of an act related to the employment or function of a public servant;
- (4) solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any property, except property the person is authorized by law to accept, with intent to control the performance of an act related to the employment or function of a public servant;
- (5) confers, offers, or agrees to confer any property on a person participating or officiating in, or connected with, an athletic contest, sporting event, or exhibition, with intent that the person will fail to use the person's best efforts in connection with that contest, event, or exhibition;
- (6) being a person participating in, officiating in, or connected with an athletic contest, sporting event, or exhibition, solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any property with intent that the person will fail to use the person's best efforts in connection with that contest, event, or exhibition;
- (7) being a witness or informant in an official proceeding or investigation, solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any property, with intent to:
- (A) withhold any testimony, information, document, or thing; (B) avoid legal process summoning the person to testify or supply evidence; or
- (C) absent the person from the proceeding or investigation to which the person has been legally summoned;
- (8) confers, offers, or agrees to confer any property on a witness or informant in an official proceeding or investigation, with intent that the witness or informant:
- (A) withhold any testimony, information, document, or thing;
- (B) avoid legal process summoning the witness or informant to testify or supply evidence; or
- (C) absent himself or herself from any proceeding or investigation to which the witness or informant has been legally summoned; or
- (9) confers or offers or agrees to confer any property on an individual for:
- (A) casting a ballot or refraining from casting a ballot; or
- (B) voting for a political party, for a candidate, or for or against a public question; in an election described in IC 3-5-1-2 or at a convention of a political party authorized under IC 3; commits bribery, a Level 5 felony.
(B) It is not a defense that the person whom the accused person sought to control was not qualified to act in the desired way.
Bribery can occur between individuals and entities. Common kinds of bribery cases involve:
- Public Officers: Bribes can be made to or by public officers. Bribes can be given to public officers to solicit them to use their position to effect a change in the perpetrator’s best interests.
- Witnesses: Bribing a witness to change their testimony or accepting such a bribe is illegal. Depending on the value of this bribe and the circumstances of the case, consequences can include significant fines and jailtime.
- Foreign officials: It is illegal for American companies to bribe foreign government officials with the intention to land or maintain business contacts.
- Bank employees: Offering a bribe to a bank representative or accepting one can bring with it dire consequences. Due to the nature of their jobs, bank employees are thrust in a position of great responsibility daily, making them vulnerable to illicit offers.
- Sports officials: Referees or other sports officials who accept a bribe in exchange for “fixing” the results of an event can be charged alongside the person who offered the bribe.
- Conspiracies: Even if no bribery has been carried out, being involved in a conspiracy with the intention to commit bribery is a crime. In some cases, the accused can be charged with both bribery and conspiring to commit bribery.
- All records found within any court, correctional facility, or criminal justice agency that revolve around a person’s apprehension, detection, arrest, detention, or disposition of a felony within the criminal justice system can be expunged.
- Eligibility for an expungement of investigation, arrest, or detention will rely on the law of individual states. A number of conditions must be fulfilled before the request will be considered. The conditions include surpassing the minimum timespan since the arrest, no intervening arrests, dismissal of proceedings, acquittal, discharge without conviction with no re-filing of charges, and release without formal charges.
- An expungement may be denied according to the standards of each state. Some factors may contribute to the expungement request being denied and they include not meeting the time period, additional convictions are present, outstanding arrests, conviction of a sexual crime, registered sex offender, or case is still open.
- Previous expunged records can be unsealed under certain conditions specified by certain states.
- Arrest and conviction records are not automatically expunged after a number of years. Individuals who wish to seek expungement need to apply personally in writing and follow the necessary steps.
There are various forms of fraud and they are:
- Identity theft
- Mail fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Securities fraud
- Credit/debit card fraud
- Wire fraud
- Telemarketing fraud
- Tax evasion
- Bankruptcy fraud
Who Can Expunge their Records?
An expungement of a criminal case is a great way to create opportunities. whether you are looking to seek career progression, enroll in a school, or simply to clear your criminal history, expungement is the solution. our experienced expungement attorneys from hatfield law can walk you through the entire procedure of applying for an expungement to ensure a hassle-free process. follow this guide to see if you may be eligible:
IF Arrested: NO Conviction (Dismissal, No Charges Filed, No Guilty Verdict)
- Not earlier than one year after date of arrest.
IF Misdemeanor OR Misdemeanor Conviction On Class D Felony Or Level 6 Felony
- FIVE YEARS after date of CONVICTION
- NOT for someone convicted or two (2) or more felonies, if following two apply:
(a) No unlawful use of a deadly weapon, and;
(b) Offenses not committed as part of same criminal episode
- No convictions within previous five (5) years
IF class D or Level 6 Felony Conviction
- EIGHT YEARS after date of CONVICTION
(a) Non Violent – Non Sex Offender
(b) NO Perjury Or Official Misconduct
(c) NOT for someone convicted or two (2) or more felonies, if following two apply:
- No unlawful use of a deadly weapon, and;
- Offenses NOT committed as part of same criminal episodes
- No convictions within previous eight (8) years
IF Convicted of a Felony Level 5 – Level 1
- TEN (10) YEARS after date of SENTENCE or FIVE (5) from completion of sentence
(a) Non Violent – Non Sex Offender
(b) NOT For Someone Convicted Or Two (2) Or More Felonies, If Following Two Apply:
- NO Unlawful Use Of A Deadly Weapon
- Offenses NOT Committed As Part Of Same Criminal Episodes
- No convictions within previous ten (10) years of filing for the expungement
- Prosecutor MUST CONSENT
Arson can include residential and commercial Property, forest land, vehicles, and personal property such as cars, boats, and laptops.
Did the accused deliberately set fire to the property without the owner's knowledge and consent? If it was an accident, there may bot be a charge of arson.
If the accused knowingly partook in dangerous actions that caused the damage of property, they can be charged with arson even if the intention was not to set property on fire.
Damage of Property or Structure
Property must have been damaged to secure an arson conviction. If no damage occured, it may not be arson.
Although arson laws originally applied to the burning of another person's property, today, they cover the burning of one's own property for insurance or fraudulent purposes.
Why Should You Hire Hatfield Law for Conspiracy
Hatfield Law has successfully secured case dismissals, charge reductions, and alternative sentences to avoid jail. We negotiate to our clients satisfaction, or demand your day in court. At Hatfield Law, we review every fact and aspect of the investigation against you. We rely on our experience to ensure the best result. You can depend on us to keep you informed about your case every step of the way. Our attorneys are always at hand to answer any questions that you may have.
If you want to schedule a free consultation with one of our conspiracy & solicitation attorneys, feel free to contact us now. You can call Hatfield Law at 812-422-0222 or send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Can Our Arson Attorneys Do?
Our arson attorneys are well-versed in the latest arson laws and defenses. In Indiana, Arson charges range from a level 6 felony to a level 2 felony, and factors that determine the appropriate felony level are as below:
- Type of building burned – burning public or residential property is considered more serious than burning an abandoned property.
- Injuries of a person due to the arson
- Value of building burned
- Proximity of people to the burned building
- Whether the accused took payment from another party in committing the crime
- Whether the crime was committed to defraud