Arson

Arson Charges in Columbia, South Carolina

If you or your loved one has been arrested and charged with an arson related crime, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina, who will fight to protect your rights. Your rights, including your professional and personal future, are important reasons why the hire of experienced attorneys like those of Strom Law Firm.

Lawyers looking at books At the Strom Law Firm, we have experienced litigators who appreciate the nuances of the criminal justice system. For decades, we have developed a deep understanding of the court system and a typical prosecution that benefits our clients. From the outset of a case until its closure, the attorneys of the Strom Law Firm will be by your side and defending your rights.

There are various jails and detention centers in South Carolina, many of which are frequented by the attorneys of our law firm.

Strom Law Firm represents clients across the state of South Carolina and in Georgia. Our attorneys frequently visit Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, the Lexington County Detention Center, and various other detention centers across the state.

An arresting officer may work for any of several law enforcement agencies.

Criminal charges may be served by any law enforcement agency in South Carolina. Depending on the arresting agency, a case may be heard by the Central Court, City Court, or a Magistrate Court.

As soon as 24 hours after arrest, a bond hearing may be held. Thorough preparation for this and other hearings is only possible with adequate time. Involvement throughout the life of your case is an important aspect of criminal defense, and time is essential for preparation.

South Carolina Defense Attorneys for Arson Charges

When law enforcement concludes that a fire was intentionally set you can be charged with arson pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. 16-11-110 et seq.

The determination of whether a fire was accidental or intentional is often based upon circumstantial evidence.

If you are charged with arson in South Carolina, you need an attorney who has the resources to verify that the investigation conducted and the collection of evidence obtained were gathered in accordance with proper procedure.

If you have been charged with arson or intentionally setting a fire to destroy evidence related to another crime such as insurance fraud, murder, or burglary, contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm today for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you protect your legal rights as well as your future.

Arson Classifications

  • A first degree arson charge in South Carolina is defined as someone who purposely and with ill-intent allows, causes or assists in causing a fire to be set, which causes damage to any form of structure regardless of who it belongs to, and which either directly or indirectly results in a death or serious bodily injury.
  • A second degree arson charge in South Carolina is defined as someone who purposely and with ill-intent allows, causes or assists in causing a fire to be set, which causes damage to any structure designed for human occupancy (ie. church, house, school, etc.), regardless of who it belongs to.
  • A third degree arson charge in South Carolina is defined as someone who purposely and with ill-intent allows, causes or assists in causing a fire to be set, which causes damage to a building or structure other than those defined in second degree arson charges (ie. watercraft, motor vehicle or personal property) with the intention of damaging or destroying regardless of who it belongs to.

Penalties for arson

  • First Degree: A person convicted of arson in the first degree  is guilty of a felony and faces a minimum of 30 years in jail.
  • Second Degree: A person convicted of arson in the second degree is guilty of a felony and faces a minimum 3 years and maximum of 25 years in jail.
  • Third Degree: A person convicted of arson in the third degree is guilty of a felony and faces a maximum of 15 years in jail.

Criminal charges do not mean that a defendant is guilty of the crime. Through the criminal justice process, it is the burden of the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime.

Richland County, Columbia, South Carolina

Skyline of Columbia, SCRichland County is the second largest county in South Carolina and is home to Columbia, which serves as state capital and county seat. Richland County is home to numerous important landmarks including the SC State House and the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Fort Jackson Army Base, the largest U.S. Army installation for Basic Combat Training, is an essential facet of the Columbia community. Fort Jackson trains 50% of all soldiers, including 60% of all women entering the Army each year. An important part of the Columbia community, over 12,000 families call Fort Jackson home and over 35,000 potential soldiers are on campus throughout the year.

The state flagship University of South Carolina is located in Columbia. The university’s Columbia campus educated upwards of 32,000 students annually. The university generates a tremendous impact on the city, which is ranked as the #3 college town in the country.

Columbia is also home to various natural landmarks. Multiple rivers, including the Congaree River, Saluda River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Congaree National Park. Boating, sailing, hiking, and swimming are all popular attractions at these natural locations and provide entertainment and attractions for local residents and visitors.

Five Points and the Vista highlight the Columbia nightlife scene. Five Points, Columbia’s most famous nightlife area, is located centrally on Harden Street. Popular among University of South Carolina students, Five Points also hosts several classic eateries and boutique shops. The upscale restaurants and beautiful scenery in the Vista makes it another Columbia landmark.

There are many law enforcement agencies throughout Columbia. After arrest, charges may be heard by any of a variety of courts, including Central Magistrate, or City. After arrest, alleged offenders may be taken to a police station or to the Alvin S. Glenn detention center. A bond hearing will take place after a short period of time. Contacting an attorney from the very beginning of your case only helps that attorney defend your rights, including at the bond hearing.

Our attorneys frequently have significant experience in The City of Columbia City Court, located at 811 Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201, and Central Court, located at 1701 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201. Our attorneys also frequently visit the Alvin S. Glenn detention center, located at 201 John Mark Dial Dr., Columbia, SC 29209.

There are many interstates and freeways that run through Columbia and Richland County, some even beginning or ending within the city limits. I-20, I-26, and I-77 each run through Richland County, and two other major interstates (I-85 and I-95) run nearby through other counties in South Carolina. These major highways run to Florence, Charlotte, Charleston, Greenville, and beyond.

Contact the Strom Law Firm immediately after you are arrested.

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