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Have you been arrested for violent crimes?

Violent crimes, like arson and aggravated assault, often end in lengthy jail sentences, years of probation, and hundreds of thousands in restitution; this is not even to mention the impact a guilty charge it can have on people as they move forward with their lives. Trouble finding gainful employment and a place to live are likely scenarios once the charged has finished out his or her jail sentence. For people who are charged with violent crimes such as arson and aggravated assault, it is imperative they secure quality legal counsel; it may be the most important decision they ever make. According to Allegheny County police, a woman from Bellevue started a fire inside of her apartment on Monday morning. The fire is said to have consumed the second level of the building, occupied by her neighbors, and began crossing over into the next townhouse as firefighters arrived at the scene. Allegheny County police have since arrested and charged the first floor occupant, a 28-year-old woman, with aggravated assault, arson, and other related charges. Initially, the woman was arrested by local police as they arrived at the apartment because of a call they received about the suspect assaulting a tenant. Luckily, there were no injuries reported in the fire, which began a little after 6 a.m., according to the volunteer fire police chief. According to neighbors, there are often children in one of the homes involved, but there were apparently no kids in either of the townhouses when the fire was started. Police say the fire began in the suspect’s first floor bedroom and quickly reached the roof. The fire chief said it was initially touch and go for a few minutes and that he wasn’t sure his men would be able to extinguish it, but eventually the fire subsided enough to where firefighters could enter and eliminate the source. The fire did begin to cross over to the apartment next door, but police say that home was abandoned and firefighters were able to save it from any structural damage. In total, the fire took about three hours to contain, and one fireman was taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated for what the fire chief believed to be smoke inhalation. Red Cross is helping three people who have been displaced because of the fire. If you have been charged with violent crimes, such as arson and aggravated assault, call Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Gary Gerson for a free consultation today at 412-219-6875 .

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