Many people in Tennessee do not realize how common arson is throughout the state. In Memphis alone, there were 89 arson related fires from July of 2011 to May of 2012. 67% of all fires in Memphis during that time period were arson fires, according to a spokesman for the Memphis Fire Department. With a struggling local and national economy, arson is often used by troubled home and business owners to get insurance money. Additionally, arson is often used for people who seek revenge or who have psychological problems. Many fires that are set get out of control and lead to charges of arson. Such fires can have catastrophic results and lead to a thirst for conviction at all costs.
Fire Department Arson Investigators, police officers, insurance investigators, and members of the community will diligently pursue alleged arsonists because the financial stakes are so high, but also because arson can lead to loss of life. The arsonist may be charged with murder in such cases. Additionally, insurance companies have a commercial interest in these cases; they want to see justice done to someone who has cost them money for property they insure. This justice can often be misguided.
If you have been accused of arson, you face serious consequences and Memphis investigators will aggressively pursue your conviction. In their fervor to convict you, your Constitutional rights may be violated. Furthermore, you may have been falsely accused. There may only be circumstantial evidence or hearsay to present. You may be the victim of mistaken identity, fraud, or some other dishonest tactic to frame you for arson.
Shelby County criminal law attorney, James A. Greene is well-respected in the Memphis legal community. He has a record of success getting many of his criminal defense clients’ charges significantly reduced. He has also won complete exoneration for some of his clients.
Mr. Greene will use his exceptional negotiating skills in an effort to get your case dismissed before a trial. If trial is necessary, he will challenge the investigation, question the findings, and work to get evidence suppressed. But don’t wait to call.