Juvenile Arson

Arson is a very serious crime where someone causes a fire to be lit that causes damage to property or endangers someone’s life. Arson causes very serious concern for the community and law enforcement is forceful in pursuing these charges. There is a range of conduct included in both the arson and the reckless burning statutes. Investigators and prosecutors may look at conduct that may seem innocuous, such as setting off firecrackers on school property, as a serious arson offense. Research exists arguing that children who play with fire are more apt to commit serious violent offenses in the future. This is not the case with every child and Michele is familiar with the application of these statutes and successful strategies for defending juveniles charged with these crimes.