The better question is can someone be convicted of arson without direct evidence. Anyone can be charged with anything the police investigate and the prosecutor believes they can prove. Conviction depends on all the evidence presented by both sides. A lying witness may affect the decision to charge, but other evidence would likely be needed.
The answer is NO. There has to be some proof of a crime in order to be forced to stand trial. NO proof and no trial. Shounds like you need a very skilled experienced criminal defense attorney to help.
A person can be accused of anything. However, the State must have probably cause before they can charge an individual with a crime and the prosecutor must prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt before there can be a conviction. Contact a criminal defense attorney in your area immediately.
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A person can be accused. It appears that the person you are asking about has been accused by a witness.
A person can be convicted with no physical evidence based upon witness testimony including mistaken or lying witness testimony.
You need (1) to not be talking to the police, and (2) a criminal defense lawyer, now. Arson cases can be very complex. Make sure your lawyer has experience with them.
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