Arson involves burning property illegally. Colorado law has four different versions of criminal arson depending upon the type of property burned, how it is burned, and whether people are put in danger by the burning.

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Fourth Degree Arson

Fourth-degree arson is defined by CRS 18-4-105. It is when somebody knowingly or recklessly creates a fire or explosion that puts another person’s life or property in danger. The Colorado legislature defines possession of arson tools as occurring when a person:

  1. knowingly or recklessly started or maintained a fire or caused an explosion, on his [her] own property or that of another, and
  2. by so doing, placed another in danger of death or serious bodily injury or placed any building or occupied structure of another in danger of damage.

Fourth-degree arson is either a class 2 or class 3 misdemeanor depending upon the circumstances of the case.

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Although each case is different, there are several defenses to arson charges including alibi, defense, mistaken identity, general denial, elemental defenses, and others. Many of these defenses can be used to get charges dropped or dismissed or a not guilty verdict at trial.

If you have been charged with arson an experienced Denver arson attorney is essential. Get in touch with experienced Denver arson defense attorney Jason Savela by calling (720) 821-1001.