In Victoria, section 197(6) of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) identifies an arsonist as person who intentionally and without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another or to himself and another by fire. The maximum penalty for arson is 15 years (level 4 imprisonment). Further, Victoria has charges that are directed at persons who light bush fires. Section 201A defines this as someone who intentionally or recklessly causes a fire and is reckless as to the spread of that fire to the vegetation on the property of someone else. The maximum penalty is 15 years imprisonment (level 4 imprisonment). However, it is a defence if the person was carrying out fire prevention or suppression activities and that they believed their conduct was justified.
Facing arson offences in Australia
Arson charges in Australia are very serious. If you are facing a charge of arson you need to get legal advice immediately as penalties for arson can include life imprisonment. Our team at Crim Legal has extensive experience with advising clients on arson charges. Crim Legal was also heavily involved in the Victorian bushfire Royal Commission. We also have access to all the best QCs who specialise in arson charges in the event that you require a barrister for your matter. Call us on 1300 388 298 for advice.