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AFFRAY, ARSON & CRIMINAL DAMAGE
Sometimes in life tempers get frayed, fights break out and property gets damaged. However, such actions could see you face allegations of affray or criminal damage. In which case you need early advice from an expert Criminal Defence Team to protect your rights and find the best way forward.
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Arson: The offence of causing criminal damage by fire.
An allegation of arson is treated very seriously and those found guilty can be jailed for life. If you are suspected of or have been accused of such a crime you will need to engage a specialist solicitor to act on your behalf as soon as possible.
There is a range of different arson offences that you can be charged with under the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
- ‘Simple arson’: involves causing damage by deliberately setting fire to something such as a vehicle in a field or an empty shop, or even in some cases, your own property.
- Arson: where someone is reckless as to whether life is endangered. For example, setting fire to an aircraft or an apartment in a block of flats where people could get hurt.
- The most serious offence is ‘arson with intent to endanger life’.
- If it is not clear whether an arsonist intended to endanger life or was merely reckless as to whether life would be endangered, they may be charged with both offences as alternatives.
Sentences for arson will vary depending on how much damage is caused and what the intent was when setting the fire. All arson offences carry a maximum life sentence on conviction.
If you are accused of arson it is imperative to consult a specialist Criminal Defence Solicitor straight away. We will listen to your side of the story and start work on building a robust defence.
Our specialist Criminal Defence Lawyers have successfully defended many cases concerning arson and criminal damage.
We will handle your case sensitively and professionally. Our teams have ample experience in gathering all the relevant facts and examining all the evidence. They can also obtain expert witnesses and aim to leaving no stone unturned in building you a robust defence.
When being interviewed by the Police, our team will be there. This is a time where legal advice and a thorough knowledge of your rights are crucial. We’ll also be there to accompany you in Preliminary hearings at the Magistrates’ Court and fight in your corner for your right to bail should you be charged. We will ensure you get the top briefs to speak on your behalf should your case go to trial.
We do offer a variety of funding options which includes legal aid, though this is dependent on both your financial situation and the seriousness of the offence.
Alternatively, you may wish to privately fund your defence. We offer a fixed fee package where possible to give you the certainty you need from the outset.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our specialist Criminal Defence Solicitors without delay.
If you use or have threatened unlawful violence towards someone and your actions would cause them to fear for their personal safety, you could be accused of affray.
Affray can happen in public or private places, and a charge could arise even if the hypothetical bystander is not at the scene. A charge of affray could see you jailed for up to three years. If two or more people use or threaten unlawful violence, it is the conduct of everyone taken together that will be considered.
If property was also damaged, you could be suspected of criminal damage and face a prison sentence of up to 10 years. This could be increased to 14 years if the incident was found to be religiously or racially motivated.
If you are suspected of affray or criminal damage, we would suggest you contact one of our specialist Criminal Defence Lawyers. Our team of professionals can ensure that you receive expert legal advice whilst formulating a solid defence to safeguard your legal rights.
Our Criminal Defence Team has a formidable reputation for successfully defending allegations of affray and criminal damage, such as:
- pub or street fights,
- the indiscriminate throwing of objects at crowds,
- or the wielding of a weapon.
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