California PC 451

What is Arson?

California Penal Code Section 451 defines Arson as when any individual sets a property ablaze, on purpose and/or the property sustained damage, and/or someone was physically injured in the process.

Determining Factors of Arson:

Before any case can be brought to court, there are factors of the crime that will need to be verified. Arson CPC 451 is no different, and these factors include:

  • The accused is responsible for intentionally setting fire to forest, land or a building, or
  • Someone present on the property suffered bodily injury

Penalties for California Penal Code 451

The fines and punishments for Arson(malicious), if convicted, include:

  • Felony: Prison: between 16 months and 9 yrs | Fine: up to $50,000| Evaluation by a psychiatrist | Registration as a California Arson Offender

It should be noted that felony or misdemeanor charges are determined by specific circumstances of the case, and the court will deliberate on these, before sentencing someone found guilty of Arson.

How to Hire a Orange County Law Firm for Arson:

Choosing a lawyer may be the difference between proving your innocence or being convicted of a crime you were no part of. Most  crimes, and especially Arson, can have many negative repercussions on your life if proven guilty. If you are accused of Arson and are innocent, it’s time to call a legal defense team that knows the law like the back of their hands. In addition, if you are guilty, a legal defense team can work to decrease penalties and fines. Call MacGregor and Collins at 949-250-6097 today.

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