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Arson is a crime under Wisconsin statute law 943.02 whether by explosive or fire. An arson investigation for explosive detection or improper explosive disposal by an arson expert, an arson dog, or report of an arson to police may result in criminal arson charges. For a free consultation about your arson case and arson charges, please call .
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Property Damage by fire & explosives

Arson is the intentional damaging of another person's property, without permission, by the use of fire or explosives. In order to obtain a conviction, the prosecuting attorney must show that it was the allegned defendant to cause damage, that the property owner did not give his or her permission to damage the property, and that some charring occured. It is not enough that smoke damage occured.

Arson of a Building

Under Wisconsin laws, the "building" of another means any building in which another person has a legal or equitable interest which the arsonist has no right to defeat or impair, even if the arsonist may also have a legal or equitable interest in that building. Proof that the arsonist either attempted or recovered from an insurer for the loss of the building is relevant, but it is not essential to establish that the arsonist intended to defraud the insurer.

Arson by Explosive

An explosive is any chemical compound, mixture, or device, the primary purpose for which is to function by explosion. An explosion is a substantially instantaneous release of both gas and heat (State v. Brulport, 202 WI 2d 505, 551 N.W.2d 824 (Ct. App. 1996), 95-1687).

Arson Charges & Conviction

Under Wisconsin law, arson is a Class C felony.

Criminal Damage To Property

Wisconsin Circuit Courts have held that criminal damage to property is a lesser included offense to arson. The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed. (State v. Thompson, 146 Wisconsin 2d 554, 431 N.W.2d 716 (Ct. App. 1988)).

Criminal Defense Attorneys

When you are seeking criminal defense help, it helps to know that because of the past success of the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood, they may be able to obtain a very favorable outcome for you, even when everything about the situation seems bleak and hopeless. By placing your case in their competent hands, you can step back and leave the hard work to them. Although there are no guarantees, at least you will know that you have the good, solid, competent, experienced, well-regarded and highly respected help of Van Wagner & Wood.

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If you are under invested for arsen, if your have been arrested and charged with arson, or if you have already been convicted of arson, please contact the criminal defense lawyers at Van Wagner & Wood and ask to speak with Attorney Christopher Van Wagner or Attorney Tracey Wood. You can also email an attorney, or submit your case information to the firm via an online - for criminal cases or drunk driving cases.

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Reference: Wisconsin statute 943.02, Crimes Against Property