Arson Charges Defense in Fort Worth, TX

By Jeff Kennedy

Arson Charges Defense in Fort Worth, TX

Are You Facing An Arson Charge?

Are you facing an arson charges? It’s important to understand the severity of your case, and the legal consequences that can affect you for years to come. From potential penalties to hefty fines and long-term imprisonment, the consequences are significant and long lasting.

When you are charged with arson, and facing serious consequences, you need to find an attorney with experience. You need someone who will fight for you in court, pick apart evidence and the prosecutions case.

We defend arson cases in Fort worth, North Richland Hills, Arlington and surrounding areas. 

The Experience You Are Looking For

Jeff C. Kennedy has over 25 years of experience handling arson cases. He has helped many clients craft a defense , with many favorable outcomes from dismissals to reduction of charges. Schedule a free case review with Jeff today or give us a call to get started.

Understanding Arson Charges in Texas

Arson is a serious offense in Fort Worth’s court systems. Arson is defined as intentionally setting fire or causing an explosion (intentionally or unintentionally) to property, structures, or land.

When there are injuries or lives are endangered, the severity of your offense increases. There are varying degrees of arson charges, which are based on the severity and circumstances of each specific arson case. Understanding the nuances of these classifications is crucial in mounting an effective defense.

Severity Of Arson Charges

The factors that can dictate the severity of an arson felony charge are outlined below. These range from location to damages and intent. Damages include what and how much was damaged and whether there were injuries or death. The intent behind the fire will also dictate the severity of an arson charge.

Texas arson charges range from State Felony to First Degree Felony. For more detailed information read below and refer to the Texas Penal Code § 28.01 for further details.

  • Intent: Was the fire or explosion set intentionally or on accident.
  • Cause: Was a fire or explosion started while manufacturing a controlled substance.
  • Damages and location: Was the fire near schools, homes, vehicles, buildings.
  • Deaths and Injuries: Did the fire cause facilities or injuries.

Classification and Penalties For Arson Charges in Texas

First Degree Felony: Fires or explosions started intentionally that result in bodily injury or death. Including fires which were started intentionally to damage or destroy a home or place of worship.

  • Life imprisonment or a term of 5 to 99 years in prison.
  • Fines up to $10,000

Second Degree Felony: Setting a fire or causing an explosion to intentionally damage property without causing serious death or injuries. 

  • 2-20 years in prison.
  • Fines up to $10,000

Third Degree Felony: Recklessly starting a fire or causing an explosion during manufacturing of a controlled substance, which resulted in in bodily injury or death of a person

  • 2 to 10 years in prison.
  • Fines up to $10,000

State Jail Felony: Fires or explosions during manufacturing of a controlled substance, which causes damage to a building, habitation or vehicle.  Including a fire that was started intentionally, which resulted in reckless damage or destruction to buildings or reckless injury/death.

  • 180 days to 2 years in prison.
  • Fines up to $10,000

How Jeff C. Kennedy Fights An Arson Case

Jeff C. Kennedy brings can build  a strategic defense for anyone accused of arson. He has defended hundreds of clients in criminal defense cases, and he has the experience you need. His fighting approach includes:

  • Thoroughly Investigating: Analyzing all aspects of the case, identifying crucial evidence and fact finding.
  • Defense Strategy: Creating a defense strategy around the prosecution’s case.
  • Representation In Court: Professional and Aggressive representation in court.
  • Negotiations: Negotiating with prosecutors to potentially reduce or dismiss charges .

Defense Strategies for Arson Charges

Here are a few potential strategies and examples of how Jeff C. Kennedy can defend you.

  • Questioning the Origin: Challenging where and how the fire started.
  • Eyewitness Testimony: Questioning the reliability and credibility of witnesses.
  • Physical Evidence Analysis: Examining evidence to find errors and inconsistencies.
  • Disputing Intent: Arguing that the fire was not intentional, but accidental.
  • Expert Testimony: On boarding specialists to provide alternative scenarios for the fire.
  • Procedural Errors: Highlighting mistakes made by law enforcement during the arson investigation.

What Are The Possibilities of a Dismissal or Reduction of Charges?

The most important factor is your attorneys experience in handling arson cases for clients. Some attorneys will recommend a plea deal, while others fight on your behalf.  Not Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy, he fights for his clients and knows how to create a defense. He has a track record of having arson charges dismissed or reduced. You can see the results of these cases on our case results page here.

Below are a few examples :Common Grounds for Dismissal or Reduction

  • Lack of Evidence: Insufficient evidence can have charged dropped.
  • False Accusations: When accusations are unfounded or motivated by malice.
  • Improper Investigation: If procedures were not followed or rights were violated during an investigation.
  • Violation of Rights: An infringement of your rights can be grounds for dismissal.

Why You Should Hire Jeff C. Kennedy An Arson Defense Attorney

  • Experience: 25 years of experience.
  • Expertise: Knowledgeable and experience of the local legal system.
  • Rights: Ensures the law is followed and your rights are not violated.
  • Strategic Defense: Developing a defense based on the specifics of your case.
  • Negotiation Skills: Regularly negotiates with prosecutors to reduce charges or create favorable deals.

Schedule an Appointment

Contact Jeff C. Kennedy today to schedule a FREE consultation. The sooner you involve an attorney, the faster you can see a resolution of your case and get the answers you have been looking for.


Jeff C. Kennedy was the light of hope at the end of very dark storm. He was not only able to defend my case swiftly, but had the alleged charges dismissed completely. His calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My children and I are eternally grateful for his excellent service and I hereby recommend Jeff C. Kennedy without reservation.


Jeff Kennedy truly cares. He and his staff kept me informed all the way throughout my case and provided me with all my options and the potential outcomes for my case. When the day finally arrived to resolve my case, Jeff was able to negotiate a reduction to a lesser charge. He was well prepared and coordinated everything perfectly. Jeff is not only a good lawyer, but a good man.


I hired Mr. Jeff Kennedy to handle a DWI charge. From day one, I knew I had picked the right attorney. Jeff always took the time to answer any of my questions, treated me very professionally, and truly cared about my case. I have never been in any kind of trouble before and I was very nervous about the thought of going to trial. Jeff thoroughly explained the entire process to me and made me feel at ease. Jeff took my case to trial and the jury found me NOT GUILTY!


Jeff Kennedy is a professional, intelligent, easy-to-talk-to lawyer with an excellent understanding of how the system works. Jeff was able to get my twice the legal limit BAC thrown out and he kept me from having an interlock device put on my car. This has been my only big mistake in life so far (hopefully the last) and I am glad he was there to walk me through it. You will not regret hiring him.

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