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  • Arson Charges in California

    Posted Sep 19th, 2014 By in Criminal Law With | Comments Off on Arson Charges in California

    Today, California authorities arraigned Wayne Allen Huntsman on charges of starting the huge wildfire that drove over 2,800 Californians from their home. Wildfires are nothing new to California and with the severe drought conditions this year, a charge for forest land arson will be taken very seriously. In fact, fighting wildfires can cost $5 million per day and risks the lives of local residents and firefighters. In light of the recent wildfire and arson allegations, we are taking a look at California arson laws this week.

    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, forest land, or property.

    • Arson that causes great bodily injury is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for five, seven, or nine years.
    • 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.
    • Arson of a structure or forest land is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, four, or six years.
    • 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 does not include one burning or causing to be burned his or her own personal property unless there is an intent to defraud or there is injury to another person or another person’s structure, forest land, or property.
    •  In the case of any person convicted of violating this section while confined in a state prison, prison road camp, prison forestry, camp, or other prison camp or prison farm, or while confined in a county jail while serving a term of imprisonment for a felony or misdemeanor conviction, any sentence imposed shall be consecutive to the sentence for which the person was then confined.

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