FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA: Class 4 Felony Arson / Malicious Burning Charge (VA Code 18.2-81) resulted in no active jail time, with a fully suspended jail sentence. Call for additional information. Law § 18.2-81. Burning or destroying personal property, standing grain, etc. If any person maliciously, or with intent to defraud an insurance company or other person, […]
FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA: Felony Arson / Malicious Burning charges (VA Code 18.2-77 and 18.2-81), with client facing up to life in prison for setting an occupied dwelling house on fire were DISMISSED after a probable cause hearing. § 18.2-77. Burning or destroying dwelling house, etc. A. If any person maliciously (i) burns, or by use of […]
ARSON / MALICIOUS BURNING OVERVIEW
Arson in Virginia is called “Malicious Burning.” This Felony offense carries a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. The level of proof, however, is as high as you will find for any offense. The prosecutors must prove: (1) that the fire was started intentionally, (2) that the accused individual was the one to start the fire, and (3) that the accused individual acted with malicious intent. Each of these 3 elements must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.