They say he inadvertently discarded a cigar and caused the side of a dwelling to be burned. He hasn't a bad criminal record.
Be careful posting specifics on a public forum. With that charge, your son absolutely needs an attorney, either Court Appointed, or retained. Cases routinely plead to lesser charges.
We would need a lot more information to give a "likely" outcome, and that isn't information you should provide in a public forum. Have him request Court Appointed counsel at his first appearance, and feel free to contact me, or any of the other attorneys on here, or in the area, for a telephone consult about the case.
This is general advice only, nothing herein constitutes an attorney/client relationship.
First degree arson is a class D felony. Whether or not the burning was intentional is important: if he was charged at all, the state is arguing it was intentional. He could be looking at serious active time. It is important that he hire a lawyer or ask for a court-appointed lawyer immediately and that he not speak to anyone without his lawyer present.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to form a client/lawyer relationship.
An essential element of arson is that the fire be intentionally set. If it was the inadvertent tossing of the cigar which created the fire then that would not be arson either first or second degree. It might be another offense but not arson. He needs to talk to a competent criminal defense attorney as soon as possible
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