Experience In Defending Complex Felony Charges
Florida recognizes arson as a felony, punishable by significant fines, time in prison and more. When you face arson charges, you need a skilled lawyer on your side to protect your rights.
Attorney Steven Wetter has over three decades of criminal law experience, including six years as a former assistant state attorney in Tampa. Before his career as a prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney, attorney Wetter worked for four years as a firefighter. His background can provide strategic insight both in the investigative phase of the legal process and in the courtroom.
Navigating The Complexities Of Arson Charges
The potential penalties of arson felony charges depend on the case. The harshest consequences can result from cases in which the fire occurred:
- On any dwelling or structure, either occupied or unoccupied
- On any dwelling or structure where residents or other individuals are normally present
- On any dwelling or structure where residents or individuals could reasonably be present
The malicious intent to commit arson, combined with major property damage, can lead to consequences such as up to 15 years in prison, fines up to $10,000 and more. However, when fatalities or injuries result from the fire, the penalties that follow can be significantly increased.
A thorough investigation can determine the cause of the fire, the extent of the damage and more. Mr. Wetter’s experience as a firefighter can be immensely useful throughout this phase. He works together with forensic experts to determine the root cause of the fire and uses such evidence to assist in his defense strategy.
Protecting The Rights Of Policyholders
Arson and insurance fraud are commonly linked. Insurance fraud is a false or exaggerated claim to recover compensation from an insurance company.
Arson insurance fraud could include claims of intentionally starting a fire on your own residential or commercial property to collect a payout provided by the insurance company to account for the losses. This is a serious allegation, and the consequences can vary based on the value of the claim. We can fight for your rights as a policyholder.
Discuss Your Case With A Skilled Lawyer
Do not hesitate to involve an experienced former prosecutor and firefighter with your case. We assist individuals across Southwest Florida. Schedule an initial consultation at our Fort Myers office by calling 239-476-9531 or by emailing us through our website.