Arson Charges in California
Do You Need an Arson Attorney?
Under PC 451, arson is defined as the willful and malicious burning of a structure, forest land or property. If you are convicted of arson in California, you face a minimum sentence of 3 years in state prison. However, your sentence can be increased to up to 9 years in state prison, depending on the facts of your case. If you face arson charges in California, you should promptly contact Wallin & Klarich to provide you with an aggressive arson attorney.
Call us today at (877) 466-5245 to receive expert legal advice about your case. Be sure to read on to learn more about arson laws so that you can be fully informed about your charges.
Why Hire Wallin & Klarich?
The success of our arson defense firm has helped us achieve the highest of merits, including a 5 out of 5 AV rating on Lawyers.com, a 10 out of 10 rating on AVVO.com, and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
For over 40 years, the arson lawyers at Wallin & Klarich have helped many people like you who have been charged with arson in California. Here are just a few testimonials provided by some of our previous clients who wanted to share their stories:
“My husband and I received a shock recently when our son was arrested for starting a fire at a state park. But our shock turned into horror when he was charged with felony arson. We immediately hired the Law Firm of Wallin & Klarich. After a review of the evidence, Wallin & Klarich had a series of meetings with the District Attorney’s office. Wallin & Klarich convinced them that there was not enough evidence to convict our son. To our relief, all of the charges were DISMISSED. Thank you Wallin & Klarich for your help in this serious matter and thank you Wallin & Klarich for being there when we needed you. Because the District Attorney’s office could still file felony charges for up to three years, we rest easier knowing that Wallin & Klarich attorneys are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Thank you again for helping our son.”
“I am very, very pleased with my resolution of my case by Wallin & Klarich. My first lawyer, the public defender, told me to take a 60 day jail offer and said it was only going to get worse if I did not take it. I hired Wallin & Klarich and they aggressively represented me. The result was no jail. I am relieved and happy.”
“I was arrested on a warrant that stemmed from alleged crimes that had occurred approximately 10 years ago. These charges could have placed me in State Prison for up to 6 years. I hired Wallin & Klarich. Wallin & Klarich argued to the District Attorney that my right to a speedy trial had been violated since they waited 10 years to prosecute me. After the District Attorney investigated his case, he conceded that Wallin & Klarich was correct. ALL CHARGES WERE DISMISSED.”
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You can place your trust in Wallin & Klarich. Our knowledgeable California arson lawyers are committed to defending your rights and your freedom. Call us today for immediate help on your case.
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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 40 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.