Newport Beach Arson Lawyers

Newport Beach Arson cases are prosecuted under California Penal Code 451 and 452 . Those convicted of arson offense could have trouble obtaining future employment or taking advantage of certain government opportunities. Contact one of our Newport Beach criminal lawyers today to reach a skilled legal professional who will provide you with a free arson case evaluation.

 

Newport Beach Arson is defined as setting fire to a property, which could either be deliberate or through acts of recklessness.

 

In order to prosecute for California Penal Code 451 – also known as malicious arson, the state has the burden to prove that the following occurred:

 

  • The offender set fire to someone else’s property on purpose

 

The penalties include:

 

  • Up to nine years in the California State Prison
  • Up to $50,000 in monetary fines

 

The jury will usually weigh the type of property where the arson took place, the motives of the crime, the victims if any, and the severity of injuries, if applicable. In addition, regardless of whether the arson was committed intentionally or through recklessness, the court will typically appoint a psychiatric evaluation for the offender. Other penalties include mandatory registration in the California Arsonist database.

 

In order to prosecute for California Penal Code 452 – also known as reckless arson, the state has the burden to prove that the following occurred:

 

  • The offender set fire to someone else’s property through acts of carelessness
  • An example would be lighting a match or cigarette which causes a property to be destroyed by fire.

 

The penalties include:

 

Misdemeanor Reckless Arson:

 

  • Up to one year in the Newport Beach county jail
  • Up to $1,000 in monetary fines

 

Felony Reckless Arson:

 

  • Up to nine years in the California State Prison
  • Up to $50,000 in monetary fines

 

If you are facing Arson charges in Newport Beach, the criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Randy Collins may be able to help you obtain a favorable case outcome. Our firm has assisted more than 10,000 clients over the past several decades and will use their skill and experience to help you obtain a favorable case outcome. Call 949-250-6097 to speak with a criminal defense attorney and take advantage of our free consultation.

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