Leonard Biddison

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Philadelphia, PA

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Haddonfield, NJ

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Camden County NJ Arson Defense Attorney

Criminal Lawyer with Offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey 

Arson
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A person can be found guilty of arson if he intentionally sets a building or property on fire. This crime is committed many times for purposes of injuring someone or sometimes to  collect insurance payments. Whatever the reason, arson is taken seriously in New Jersey and can result in significant consequences. If you have been charged with arson, it is important that you talk to a skilled and experienced attorney that can help you through the legal process.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison have had tremendous success handling threat and assault related offenses for years in Camden County including Haddonfield, Pennsauken, Gloucester, and Winslow Twp. In fact, one of the members of our criminal defense team is a former county prosecutor in New Jersey who used to prosecute various charges for the State. If you have been charges with arson or aggravated arson, having an attorney who knows what it takes to potentially beat the charges against you is imperative. Call the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 866-721-9510 anytime for a free initial consultation.

Arson Lawyer in Camden NJ

The law for arson and aggravated arson is covered under N.J.S.A. 2C:17-1 in New Jersey. It explains:

a. A person commits aggravated arson when he starts a fire or causes an explosion, whether on his own property or another’s:

1) Thereby purposely or knowingly placing another person in danger of death or bodily injury; or

2) With the purpose of destroying a building or structure of another; or

3) With the purpose of collecting insurance for the destruction or damage to such property under circumstances which recklessly place any other person in danger of death or bodily injury; or

4) With the purpose of destroying or damaging a structure in order to exempt the structure, completely or partially, from the provisions of any State, county or local zoning, planning or building law, regulation, ordinance or enactment under circumstances which recklessly place any other person in danger of death or bodily injury; or

5) With the purpose of destroying or damaging any forest.

Note: Aggravated arson is a second degree crime in New Jersey but can be considered first degree if a person pays or accepts or offers to pay or accept any form of consideration including, but not limited to, money or any other pecuniary benefit, regardless of whether any consideration is actually exchanged for the purpose of starting a fire or causing an explosion 

b. A person commits arson when he purposely starts a fire or causes an explosion, whether on his own property or another’s:

(1) Thereby recklessly placing another person in danger of death or bodily injury; or

(2) Thereby recklessly placing a building or structure of another in danger of damage or destruction; or

(3) With the purpose of collecting insurance for the destruction or damage to such property; or

(4) With the purpose of destroying or damaging a structure in order to exempt the structure, completely or partially, from the provisions of any State, county or local zoning, planning or building law, regulation, ordinance or enactment ; or

(5) Thereby recklessly placing a forest in danger of damage or destruction.

Arson is a third degree crime in New Jersey

c. It is also a crime in New Jersey if you fail to control or report a dangerous fire. If you know that a fire is endangering life or a substantial amount of property of another and you either fail to take reasonable measures to put out or control the fire, when you can do so without substantial risk to yourself, or to give prompt fire alarm, you commit a fourth degree crime if:

(1) You knows that you are under an official, contractual, or other legal duty to prevent or combat the fire; or

(2) The fire was started, albeit lawfully, by you or with his assent, or on property in your custody or control.

Note: Arson is a first degree crime if the structure which was the target of the offense was a church, synagogue, temple or other place of public worship. This carries a 15 year minimum prison sentence.

Penalties for Arson in New Jersey 

The penalties for arson depend on the degree that you are charged with.

First degree arson carries a prison sentence of 15 years in New Jersey State Prison with no parole eligibility.

Second degree arson, or aggravated arson, carries a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years in NJ State Prison. Further, the “No Early Release Act” applies to this crime meaning 85 percent of the sentence must be served before parole eligibility.

Third degree arson can result in 3 to 5 years in NJ State Prison

Contact a Brooklawn NJ Arson Lawyer for a Free Consultation 

The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison are always available to speak with you about your case and begin to formulate an aggressive strategy to defend you against an arson charge. Our criminal defense team understands the details of the law in New Jersey and we will use this knowledge to help you best defend against these charges. Call us today at 866-721-9510 for a free initial consultation about your case.

Experience You Can Trust

For the past 20 years, Mr. Biddison has provided his clients with excellent legal counsel in a broad variety of criminal matters. From straightforward issues to serious litigation, he offers you the experience and confidential advice you need to maneuver through the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

When you’ve been accused of a crime, you are entitled to a thorough and competent criminal defense. Leonard D. Biddison Esquire ensures your legal rights are upheld. Allow our team to assist you during this difficult time.

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Areas We Serve

Burlington County, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, Pemberton Twp. Camden County, Camden City, Cherry Hill Twp., Gloucester City, Gloucester Twp., Pennsauken, Winslow Twp. Gloucester County, Deptford Twp., Monroe Twp., Paulsboro Boro, Washington Twp., West Deptford Twp., Woodbury City, Bordentown Twp., Cinnaminson, Evesham Twp., Mansfield Twp., Maple Shade Twp., Medford Twp., Moorestown Twp., Palmyra Boro, Bellmawr, Clementon, Collinswood, Haddon Twp., Lindenwold, Pine Hill Boro, Stratford Boro, Voorhees Twp., Waterford Twp., Elk Joint Municipal Court, Franklin Joint Mun Ct, Greenwich Twp, Mantua Twp.

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