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Texas Arson Laws

Most people think of the crime of arson as intentionally setting fire to a building or some other form of property. However, in the state of Texas, arson laws are much broader. Not only is it considered arson to set fire to any building or other property, but a person who sets fire to open space vegetation may also be prosecuted for arson.

Arson is a serious criminal offense which is charged as a felony, with the specific degree depending on the circumstances. If you or someone you know has been accused of committing arson, it is important that you pursue legal representation in order to ensure that your rights and interests are properly protected. Contact the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-523-0404 to learn more about how you can defend yourself against this damaging accusation.

Arson Exceptions

Because of the broadness of Texas’ arson laws, it can generally be assumed that anyone who intentionally starts a fire with the intent to damage any building or property (including public land) has committed arson. However, a number of exceptions exist, including:

  • Starting a fire for controlled burning of open-space land
  • Starting a fire with written authorization in accordance with relevant ordinances

Except for in these specific circumstances, it is typically a criminal offense to set fire to any type of property with the intention to cause damage or destruction.

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If you or someone you know has been accused of arson, the consequences can be extremely serious. Contact the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-523-0404 today to discuss the details of your case with an experienced member of our legal team and begin formulating your defense.