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When it comes to criminal charges, arson is considered a serious offense that can have life-altering consequences. If you or a loved one is facing arson charges, it's essential to seek the counsel of a skilled Manassas arson lawyer. At Dischley Law, PLLC, we are dedicated to delivering you with the legal guidance and representation you need during this challenging time.

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Arson is considered the intentional act of setting fire to a building, structure, or property with the intent to cause damage or harm. This crime is not to be taken lightly, as it can lead to severe legal repercussions. The different degrees of arson in Virginia include:

  • Burning a dwelling (occupied)
  • Burning a dwelling (unoccupied)
  • Burning any other building or structure(occupied)
  • Burning any other building or structure(unoccupied)
  • Burning personal property


Penalties for arson in Virginia are not to be underestimated, as they can vary significantly based on the degree of the offense. Convictions for arson can lead to severe consequences, including:

  • Substantial fines
  • Lengthy prison sentences
  • A permanent criminal record
  • Loss of certain civil rights, such as the right to vote or possess firearms
  • Restitution to victims for property damage or injuries

Moreover, the long-term repercussions of an arson conviction can be devastating. It can affect your personal and professional life, making it challenging to find employment, housing, or even access certain educational opportunities.


While each case is unique, some common defenses against arson charges may include:

  • Lack of intent: Arson charges require the element of intent. If it can be demonstrated that the fire was accidental or lacked intent, this may be a viable defense.
  • Mistaken identity: Sometimes, individuals are wrongfully accused of arson due to mistaken identity. We can investigate thoroughly to establish that you were not the person responsible for the act.
  • Insufficient evidence: The prosecution must be able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. If there is insufficient evidence to support the charges, it may lead to a dismissal or acquittal.
  • Alibi: If you have a strong alibi that proves you were not present at the scene of the fire, it can be a powerful defense.
  • Duress or coercion: In some cases, individuals are forced or coerced into setting fires against their will. This may serve as a defense if it can be substantiated.


At Dischley Law, PLLC, our Manassas arson lawyer is ready to provide you with a strong and effective defense. Don't face these charges alone. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and discuss your case. We will provide you with the guidance and support you need during this challenging time and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. Your future is our priority.

Contact Dischley Law, PLLC, today to get started with our Manassas arson lawyer.

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