Fort Collins Arson Defense Attorney

Do you need an arson lawyer in Larimer County? Contact our experienced defense attorneys at 970-658-0007 for a free consultation in the Fort Collins area.
Fort Collins police, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department and fire investigators will charge you with Arson in the event a fire endangers or harms persons or property.  This crime can quickly escalate from a class three misdemeanor to a very serious class three felony, depending on whether persons were endangered, or just property.  If property, the value of the item endangered will determine the class of Arson charged.

Information on the Four Degrees of Arson

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First Degree Arson

When charged with First Degree Arson, C.R.S. 18-4-102, in Loveland, Estes Park or Windsor, great care should be taken to make no statements to law enforcement.  This class three felony offense can be charged when a home or building is burned.  If an explosive is used, there is mandatory prison time.

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Second Degree Arson

Second Degree Arson is listed at C.R.S. 18-4-103, and is a class four felony in Larimer County.  Under this alleged crime, a person will be accused of burning the non-building property of another without their consent.  This might be a car, trees, or crops.  It can be charged as a felony if the damaged property is valued at $100 or more.

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Third Degree Arson

The crime of Third Degree Arson is often charged by fire investigators or the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department when a fire is set, or an explosion occurs, intentionally with the intent to defraud.  Usually, an insurance company claim is involved.  This class four felony under C.R.S. 18-4-104 can result in a two to six year prison sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

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Fourth Degree Arson

Finally, Fourth Degree Arson results from the knowing or reckless starting or maintaining of a fire which places another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury, or if a person places a house or building in danger.  This charge can result in a class four felony on the high end if people were endangered, all the way down to a class three misdemeanor, if low value property was endangered.

Larimer County Arson Charges: How an Arson Lawyer Can Help

As you can see from a brief description of each of these Arson charges, Larimer County and the State of Colorado take explosions and fire setting seriously.  Don’t misconstrue the kind approach of police or fire investigators who wants to speak with you. Always contact an experienced Arson lawyer if you’ve been charged or accused of Arson in Colorado.

If you or a loved one has been charged with Arson, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an Arson lawyer for Larimer County at 970-658-0007, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.