Arson Charges in California
Under PC 451, arson is the willful and malicious burning of a structure, forest land or property. If you face arson charges in California, you should promptly contact Wallin & Klarich to provide you with an aggressive defense.
Punishment for Arson
Punishment for arson is severe. Potential punishment may vary depending upon what specific crime you are being accused of. A conviction for arson of a structure or forest land is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for up to 6 years. An arson conviction of property that is not your own is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for up to 3 years.
If you are convicted of arson that causes great bodily injury, you face a felony punishable by imprisonment in state prison for up to 9 years. If you are convicted of arson causing an inhabited structure or inhabited property to burn, you face a felony punishable by imprisonment in state prison for up to 8 years. Aggravated arson carries the most severe of all punishments for arson. If convicted under PC 451.5, you will be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for 10 years to life.
Prosecution for Arson Charges in California
To convict you of arson under PC 451, the prosecutor must prove that:
• You set fire to or burned (or counseled, helped or caused the burning of) a structure, forest land, or property; AND
• You acted willfully and maliciously
To convict you of “aggravated” arson under PC 451.5, the prosecutor must prove three elements:
• You acted willfully, maliciously, deliberately and with premeditation
• You acted with intent to  injure one or more person, or  to damage property under circumstances likely to injure one or more person, or  to damage one or more structures or inhabited dwellings; AND
• The fire caused property damage and other losses exceeding $5,650,000, or the fire damaged 5 or more inhabited structures
California Arson Defense Attorney
Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years experience successfully defending our clients facing arson charges in California. Our substantial experience allows us to aggressively defend our clients. As a result, the charges our clients face are oftentimes dropped or significantly reduced.
Immediately upon retaining us we will obtain the entire discovery on your case. As part of your defense we will obtain a complete statement from you of how the incident took place. We will attempt to locate all of the witnesses to the alleged arson that could potentially be beneficial to your defense.
After this thorough investigation, we will prepare the best possible defense strategy for your specific case. We will also negotiate with the district attorney and do everything in our power to convince him/her that he/she will be unable to convict you.
If you face arson charges and your freedom is at stake, don’t you deserve the quality representation of Wallin & Klarich to help keep you out of jail? We have the skill and experience to help you win your case. Our offices are located in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina, Victorville, Torrance, and Sherman Oaks. Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.