In California, arson is a crime against property; defined by law as willfully or recklessly burning down another person’s property, another person’s structure, or forest land. You may also face arson charges for setting you own property on fire if it is done recklessly or with the intent to commit any kind of fraud or inflict injury.
Examples of Arson:
1. A person can be charged with arson if they willfully or recklessly set fire to someone else’s house, car, or boat.
2. A person can be charged with arson if they willfully or recklessly set fire to a building or other personal property that you own in order to collect insurance money.
The penalties for arson charges depend on a number of factors including:
- The intent (was it willful or reckless);
- If injuries occurred; known as aggravated arson; and
- The type of property that was burned.
These factors determine if the arson charges will be misdemeanor or felony. If a person is convicted of arson:
a. To a structure or forest land is a felony punishable in state prison for two, four, or six years plus fines.
b. To an inhabited structure or inhabited property is a felony punishable in state prison for three, five, or eight years plus fines.
c. That results in great bodily injury is punishable in state prison for five, seven, or nine years plus fines.
The criminal defense attorneys at Hammerschmidt Law Corporation have decades of combined experience defending against arson charges. We zealously defend the freedoms of our clients. Call our arson defense attorneys today at 559.233.5333 to discuss your case.