Hate crimes can be obvious and terrifying . But few are as destructive are arson of a place of worship. A church, a temple, a mosque and other places of worship can be seen as an obvious target for hateful people. Admittedly, few things in a church could lead to such a tragedy, but it’s not impossible. The problem could lie in faulty electricity, worship candles being left on or in the cases of many new and extraordinarily large churches, there could have been a kitchen fire. In any case, arson is a very serious accusation that, if not fought properly could lead to years in prison.
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Because burning down a place of worship is such a morally bankrupt crime, it’s not too surprising to learn that it is a relatively uncommon crime. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, over 1,300 churches reported a fire within a five year period and less than 5 deaths were reported in these incidents. But while these numbers are remarkably low, even one fire and one death is far too much. So what happens when someone is convicted of arson against a place of worship? Well that varies greatly and depends on where the suspect lives. However, the following usually happens:
Arson is one of the most serious accusations imaginable. Individuals who are suspected of arson should not take their defense into their own hands. The laws surrounding arson vary from state to state and in some states, the laws can change from county to county. People who are suspected of committing arson should contact legal counsel as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence.
It should be noted that in the event that a national monument or federal guarded institution is vandalized, charges could be far more severe. Despite vandalism being a crime, it is important to ensure that the punishment fits the crime. Studies have shown that juvenile cases that are have severe punishments can lead a child to a life of crime.
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