Arson criminal charges involve allegations that a person intentionally lit fire to either his home or another structure such as a business, usually for the insurance money or some other financial reason. If you or a loved one is charged with arson, you need a strong experienced arson attorney on your side. The Minneapolis arson attorney Robert Sicoli has the experience to win your case.
What is arson? Arson cases can either be charged in federal or state court. The definition of arson depends on the degree charged. The most common arson charge is the state charge of arson in the first degree, which charges that the person intentionally set fire to his home or other dwelling, usually for the insurance money or some other financial reason. Arson in the first degree is a serious charge that, if convicted, will likely result in at least a 4-year prison sentence. That is why if you or a family member is facing charges of arson, you need the proven experienced Minneapolis arson attorney Robert Sicoli on your side.
The government and insurance companies have fire origin and cause experts working for them to convict people. Oftentimes, the government will have the report of a state fire marshal or insurance company fire origin and cause expert that will state that the fire was intentionally set because of the fire patterns and the detection of the presence of ignitable liquids. Ignitable liquids are liquids—such as gasoline—that when ignited by an ignition source—such as a match—will ignite a structure on fire. If you or a loved one are facing this type of evidence, you need the experienced Minneapolis arson attorney Robert Sicoli, who knows the science of fire origin and cause to challenge the State’s evidence, and who has taken the government on in these cases and won.
For example, in April of 2014, Minneapolis arson attorney Robert Sicoli won an acquittal for a client wrongly accused of setting fire to his house in Becker County, Minnesota. The State had two experts testify that the fire was intentionally set, and also had a chemist from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testify that there was a substance that was consistent with ignitable liquid residue found at the scene. Minneapolis arson attorney Robert Sicoli, through his cross-examination of the State’s experts, destroyed the State’s case. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than two hours. One of the jurors told Mr. Sicoli after the verdict that Mr. Sicoli knew the science better than the State’s experts. This juror also commented that the expert Mr. Sicoli called to testify on his client’s behalf was very credible, unlike the State’s experts.
If you or a family member is charged with the serious crime of arson, you need the proven results of Minneapolis arson attorney Robert Sicoli—a talented, experienced Minneapolis arson attorney who has the knowledge and the resources to take on the government and win.