On Jan 2nd of this year the apartment my son and his girlfriend lived in caught fire. Seven months later he's charged with first degree arson meaning he intentionally burned down everything they own only a few days Christmas. My son has been in and out of trouble but nothing like this and he is being railroaded I am afraid. He told me he dropped the fire off his cigarette but thought he had it out. He wen to the basement where his girlfriend was gathering up aluminum cans. As he came back out and up the stairs, his neighbor behind him yells hey your apartment is on fire! This same guy hit my son over the head with an ax handle or baseball bat not too long before this happened and he had to be rushed to the hospital in Charlotte by helicopter. This same guy had been trying to put moves on my son's girlfriend. WE believe this guy through something inside the apartment for the blaze was already coming out the window by the time my son went back up the stairs which are connected on the outside of the building. The guy who called to him that his apartment was on fire was running away from the scene. There was an elderly lady living under my son. He'd never do such a thing. Please help!!
This is more of a criminal law question, so I have changed the category for you so you can get more on point responses from the proper attorney. But one thing is for sure, your son obviously needs representation and if money is an issue, there are court appointed lawyers. You didn't mention when the next court date is, but he should act fast so that he has counsel that day.
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