It cannot be stressed the seriousness of these allegations and that this individual needs to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Arson, in general, is a class 2 felony punishable by 3-7 years in prison. Now, if I am understanding this correctly, she was found guilty of the arson charge and is awaiting sentencing and must still deal with the residential burglary charge. Residential burglary is a class 1 felony, punishable by 4-15 years in prison.
If she is found not guilty of the residential burglary, she is looking at a minimum of 3 years since she was convicted of the arson and up to a maximum of 7 years.
If she is found guilty of the residential burglary charge, she is looking at a minimum of 7 years (3 for arson + 4 for residential burglary) and a maximum of 22 years.
There are ways a good attorney can mitigate, perhaps avoid trial on the residential burglary charge, and get this individual a better deal than going to trial and possibly losing. I would contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.
This answer posted on Avvo is for informational and educational purposes only. There is no attorney-client relationship created or formed and you should not rely on this as legal advice. You should consult with an attorney immediately.
Criminal defense Criminal charges Felony crime Crimes against property Criminal charges for arson Criminal charges for burglary Crimes against persons Domestic violence and criminal charges Defenses for criminal charges Bail for criminal charges Criminal sentencing Criminal conviction Violent crime Filing a lawsuit