Arson

We Fight Arson Charges

The crime of arson is punished by penal code 451 in the state of California, which states:

A person is guilty of arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned or who aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, any structure, forestland, or property.

(a) Arson that causes great bodily injury is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for five, seven, or nine years.

(b) Arson that causes an inhabited structure or inhabited property to burn is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for three, five, or eight years.

(c) Arson of a structure or forestland is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, four, or six years.

(d) Arson of property is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for 16 months, two, or three years. For purposes of this paragraph, arson of property do not include one burning or causing to be burned his or her own personal property unless there is intent to defraud or there is injury to another person or another person’s structure, forestland, or property.

The crime of arson in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, and Riverside Counties is punishable by prison. Because of the ease with which fire spreads in our local climate and the potential for wildfires burning out of control, the crime of Arson is aggressively prosecuted in California. If you have been accused of arson, or are being investigated for the crime of arson, you can expect to be investigated by skilled arson investigators, in addition to detectives and police. Law enforcement will begin gathering evidence immediately when called to investigate a fire.

Most times, there is very little physical evidence left at the scene of a fire, and the evidence that does remain is subject to interpretation. If you or a loved one has been contacted by law enforcement investigating arson in the Southern California area, or if you have been arrested and charged with arson, call the Law Office of Andrew Stein right now!