Sometimes, fires that you have determined to be incendiary in nature will also meet the requirements for the prosecutor to charge someone with arson. This type of case is the ultimate test for a fire investigator as all aspects of your investigation will be challenged by the defense, and you may go through the process of being qualified as an expert witness. The following assignment will help you to become familiar with that process. Follow the instructions below:
Locate an arson case that occurred within 60 miles of your home.
Provide basic information about what occurred.
Identify which of the six key elements from the lesson this case falls under.
Identify possible motives.
Determine what led to the suspect being charged.
Identify what the outcome of the criminal case was.
State whether you believe the outcome was appropriate.
Discuss what you believe could have been done differently to ensure a positive outcome in this case.