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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Wayne Goralski

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Have you been arrested for Arson? If you have been arrested and charged with Arson in Texas, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. If you want justice, then you will have to fight for it and present your case in the best possible light. The other side wants to win, if you face prosecution for an arson crime in Texas, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side, who knows how to build your defense case, so that you can assert the best criminal defense.    Attorney Wayne Goralski  will fight to defend the rights of his clients.  Lawyer Wayne “Roger” Goralski has achieved multiple pre-trial dismissals in criminal cases. He has built his reputation on getting results. He is intimately familiar with all facets of the Texas criminal justice system, and has the criminal defense knowledge and skill to make sure you understand your legal options and to guide you through the criminal legal process.


Attorney Wayne Roger Goralski is a Houston-based attorney, working as a criminal defense lawyer and handling civil litigation cases, has more than 27 years of experience as a former criminal justice professional with the Houston Police Department. Wayne has been trained and has handled Burglary and Theft Investigations as an police investigator for Houston Police Department. Wayne Goralski, served as the Administrative Lieutenant for the Burglary and Theft Division, the HPD’s largest investigative division, with  administrative and operational responsibilities for the division, including the review through the intake section of all arrests with holds for property crimes such as burglary, felony theft, misdemeanor theft, burglary of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, financial crimes, forgery, insufficient funds, credit card fraud, and identity theft.  Wayne is now honorably retired and practicing law as the owner of his own law office. Wayne Goralski spent 10 years working the streets of Houston as a Supervisor and a Police Officer, and 17 additional years as a Squad and Division Commander. Wayne Goralski worked for several years as the Supervising Staff Attorney, in the Chief’s Command for the Chief of Police.  Wayne Goralski has been a licensed Texas attorney for 17 years, since 1997.

Based in Houston Criminal Attorney Wayne Goralski has handled cases for clients in numerous Texas Courts including the Harris County Civil, District and County Criminal, Family, and Juvenile Courts. Wayne Goralski has represented clients, all over Southeast Texas, including various related city courts, Houston, Pasadena, Baytown, Bellaire, League City, Missouri City, Pearland, Seabrook, Stafford, Sugarland, Tomball, and in the Woodlands. If you need an experienced based in Houston criminal lawyer, call Wayne now.

The list of crimes and variations that form the category known as Arson in Texas are found in Chapter 28. of the Texas Penal Code.  Based on the context, the situation, the characteristics of the act and property in question, the extent of the Arson, the exact title of the criminal offense and penalties will vary. It is important to hire an experienced Texas or Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer who will examine and find each and every disputable element to the benefit of the defendant.

Sec. 28.02.  ARSON.  (a)  A person commits an offense if the person starts a fire, regardless of whether the fire continues after ignition, or causes an explosion with intent to destroy or damage:

(1)  any vegetation, fence, or structure on open-space land;  or

(2)  any building, habitation, or vehicle:

(A)  knowing that it is within the limits of an incorporated city or town;

(B)  knowing that it is insured against damage or destruction;

(C)  knowing that it is subject to a mortgage or other security interest;

(D)  knowing that it is located on property belonging to another;

(E)  knowing that it has located within it property belonging to another;  or

(F)  when the person is reckless about whether the burning or explosion will endanger the life of some individual or the safety of the property of another.

(a-1)  A person commits an offense if the person recklessly starts a fire or causes an explosion while manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance and the fire or explosion damages any building, habitation, or vehicle.

(a-2)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally starts a fire or causes an explosion and in so doing:

(1)  recklessly damages or destroys a building belonging to another; or

(2)  recklessly causes another person to suffer bodily injury or death.

(b)  It is an exception to the application of Subsection (a)(1) that the fire or explosion was a part of the controlled burning of open-space land.

(c)  It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(2)(A) that prior to starting the fire or causing the explosion, the actor obtained a permit or other written authorization granted in accordance with a city ordinance, if any, regulating fires and explosions.

(d)  An offense under Subsection (a) is a felony of the second degree, except that the offense is a felony of the first degree if it is shown on the trial of the offense that:

(1)  bodily injury or death was suffered by any person by reason of the commission of the offense; or

(2)  the property intended to be damaged or destroyed by the actor was a habitation or a place of assembly or worship.

(e)  An offense under Subsection (a-1) is a state jail felony, except that the offense is a felony of the third degree if it is shown on the trial of the offense that bodily injury or death was suffered by any person by reason of the commission of the offense.

(f)  An offense under Subsection (a-2) is a state jail felony.

(g)  If conduct that constitutes an offense under Subsection (a-1) or that constitutes an offense under Subsection (a-2) also constitutes an offense under another subsection of this section or another section of this code, the actor may be prosecuted under Subsection (a-1) or Subsection (a-2), under the other subsection of this section, or under the other section of this code.


Don’t delay. Contact the Law Office of Wayne Goralski today. When you have been charged with an arson crime, choose a based in Houston criminal defense attorney with the experience and dedication to make a difference. Call 832-834-4656 or contact the office online to schedule your initial consultation regarding your criminal case. With offices conveniently located in Houston, Texas, Mr. Goralski is a Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer who stands ready to represent you in your criminal matter.


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