Richmond Arson Lawyer

Virginia Arson Laws

Arson is known as "malicious burning" in Virginia. The crime of arson can be charged at the state or federal level. The maximum possible penalty for arson is life in prison. Fortunately for those who are facing these charges, the burden of proof is on the prosecution, and the level of proof is high. If you are being investigated or have been arrested or charged with arson, do not delay in getting an experienced Richmond arson attorney on your side.

Vaughan C. Jones, Attorney at Law is a former prosecutor who never lost a jury trial. He is an experienced criminal defense attorney with an impressive list of case results, including victories against some very serious charges. He is a skilled negotiator and seasoned litigator with experience defending clients in federal court. You can rest assured that he has the skill and dedication to protect your rights and aggressively fight for the best possible outcome in your situation.

If you are facing charges for malicious burning, contact our Richmond arson lawyer today!

Virginia Arson Penalties

According to Virginia law, arson is a felony offense. The penalties may include:

  • Imprisonment for life, not less than 5 years
  • No more than $100,000 in fines


Contact us for superior defense against charges of arson in Richmond, VA.

Prosecuting Arson Cases in VA

The prosecutor in an arson case must prove:

  1. That the fire was started intentionally;
  2. That the accused started the fire; and
  3. That the accused acted with malicious intent.

These elements can be difficult for the prosecution to prove, particularly malicious intent, as it requires the prosecutor to show the state of mind of the accused at the time of the offense. As a knowledgeable Richmond defense lawyer, Mr. Jones can extensively investigate the facts and circumstances and vigorously challenge every element of the prosecution's case.

Representation for Your Felony Arson Charges in VA

Penalties upon conviction can vary with the circumstances, but it is certain that they will be severe. If you are facing these charges, the skill and experience of your Richmond arson defense attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Do not take chances when your future and freedom are at stake.

  • “Vaughan Jones is hands down the best lawyer I've ever used to represent myself.”
  • “I have dealt with other lawyers in the past and Vaughan Jones was easily the best I've had.”
  • “My verdict on both charges was not guilty.”

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