We've all had our fair share of arguments with our significant other, and sometimes, we just need to let our anger out. For one man, taking his anger out included burning his girlfriend's love letters. According to the news, a hockey player was allegedly burning the letters near the front of his apartment, when the fire got out of control and ended up causing damage to the front of his apartment building and walls. In Colorado, the hockey player would be charged with Denver and Jefferson County First Degree Arson.
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1st Degree Arson Denver Lawyer: 1st Degree Arson in Colorado
Denver and Douglas County 1st Degree Arson, C.R.S. 18-4-102, is charged whenever a person:
“knowingly sets fire to, burns, causes to be burned, or by the use of any explosive damages or destroys, or causes to be damaged or destroyed, any building or occupied structure of another without his consent. Since the fire from burning the love letters caused the man's apartment building to be damaged without consent, the man would be charged with Arson in the First Degree. 1st Degree Arson is a class 3 felony in Colorado, meaning the convicted person could spend between 4 and 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Prison sentencing is more harsh if an explosive is involved.”
Adams County Arson Charges: Prosecutors Have Burden of Proof
It seems to me it would be tough for Adams or Arapahoe County prosecutors to prove the man knowingly caused the apartment building to be damaged. He was upset with his girlfriend and was taking his anger out on her. Yes, his behavior might have been extreme, but criminal? Fortunately, a defendant accused or charged with Adams County Arson will not be left to prove their innocence in court. Arvada prosecutors have the burden of proof in First Degree Arson cases. This means it's on them to prove a defendant met all elements of the First Degree Arson statute to convict them of 1st Degree Arson.
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