In our previous blog post, we discussed how serious arson charges can be. If you recall, we touched on how these charges come after lengthy investigations. For the people who are facing these charges, planning a defense can take time because the prosecution's case has to be evaluated.
Arson is only one type of property crime that a person might be charged with. No matter what type of property crime you are charged with, the need to go through the evidence remains the same.
There are several reasons why we would need to go through the evidence that is available in the case. The first is to find evidence that might not be what it seems. This could be because it wasn't processed correctly or because the evidence is only showing part of the picture.
In Pennsylvania, there are three categories that property crimes could fall into. The worst of these three is a felony, the middle grade is a misdemeanor and the least serious is the summary offense. While you might think that the lesser two categories don't warrant any serious defense, that isn't the case.
Even a summary offense can land you in jail for up to 90 days. It has the potential to remain on your criminal record, which can affect anything that you try to do that requires a background check. The penalties for the misdemeanors and felonies get even more severe. When you consider that, you can see why we need to get to work on your defense quickly so we can evaluate every possible option that we have.