Thursday, October 17, 2013

Local Man Arrested for Serial Arson

A 28 year-old Las Vegas man has been arrested and charged with setting close to a dozen fires in a twelve hour period in the area surrounding the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Some of the fires to which Clark County firefighters responded were a dumpster fire by an apartment complex, a dumpster fire by a mall, and a car fire which resulted in approximately $20,000 worth of damage. 

The man in custody had been charged and convicted of arson in April of this year. He was recently released after serving a sentence of six months in the Clark County Detention Center. The man now faces ten counts of arson and one count of attempted arson.

Nevada Arson Laws and Penalties

In Nevada, arson is defined as willfully and maliciously setting fire to homes, buildings, mobile homes, vehicles, real estate, or the personal property of others. Anyone who aids, counsels, or procures such fires can also be arrested, charged, and convicted of this crime. Under state law, arson is categorized as being in the first, second, third, or fourth degree.

First-degree arson is the most serious category, charged as a Class B felony which is punishable by 2 to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000, and reimbursement of the costs of putting out and investigating the fire. Second-degree arson is a Class B felony punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000, along with the same reimbursement costs as first-degree arson. Third and fourth degree arson charges are Class D felonies punishable by 1 to 4 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, as well as reimbursement costs.

You can learn more about this offense by reading the informative Arson page on our website. Contact De Castroverde Law Group if you need aggressive defense counsel in the Las Vegas area.