Aggravated Arson (N.J.S.A. 2C:17-1) is considered an extremely serious crime in New Jersey, because the allegation is that you intended to harm someone else, their property, or to profit from the damage or destruction of your own property while recklessly endangering others.
Usually, Aggravated Arson is charged as a Second Degree Crime, which is comparable to a serious felony in other states.
Prison sentences for Aggravated Arson are between five and 10 years, with fines running as high as $150,000, plus restitution.
In cases where a person pays another person to start a fire that meets the definition or Aggravated Arson, or a person accepts money or other consideration in exchange for starting a fire that meets the terms of the statute (whether payment is ever made), Aggravated Arson can be charged as a First Degree Crime.
Judges have a great deal of latitude in determining how long your sentence will be, but it will almost certainly be counted in decades.
Aggravated Arson charges can put you away for the rest of your productive life. Get the most qualified help available.
Call attorney Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation.