First Degree Arson, as defined by N.J.S.A. 2C:17-1(d) (also known as Arson for Hire) is the allegation that you gave or received, or offered to give or receive, some type of consideration, including money, for the purpose of starting a fire or causing an explosion.
It is immaterial whether the payment or consideration was ever made; merely making the agreement is adequate to trigger charges.
Note that both the person committing the act of arson and the person who hired them are equally liable under this section.
There is no leniency for arguing that you weren’t the person who actually lit the match.
First Degree Arson is the most serious of the arson charges, and the penalty for conviction of Arson For Hire, carries a prison sentence of at least ten years if you’re convicted.
Given the risk to life and property, it’s likely that Arson for Hire would be charged alongside other serious offenses, potentially putting decades of your life in jeopardy.
You’ll also be expected to pay huge sums of money if convicted, with fines of up to $200,000 as well as restitution fees and the potential for civil liability to recover damages.
Arson for Hire is a charge that can feasibly steal away much of the rest of your life.
You have to fight back with clear, tough legal help.
If you’ve been charged under 2C:17-1(d), get experienced help right away.
Call MatthewReisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney