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Arson is the deliberate burning of one’s property and is a even more severe crime which involves stiff prison sentences. If persons are hurt in the fire then the punishment could be stricter. The length of sentence depends on whether persons were hurt in the fire and the extent of damage. Please note that if anyone burns his own property for some reasons like collecting insurance money from the insurance companies, it is not arson unless it spills over to burn another’s property.
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Penalties for Arson in California
- Up to 3 years of prison for burning property not a structure.
- 3 to 8 years for burning an abandoned building
- 2 to 6 years for burning forest land
- 5 to 9 years for burning that causes injuries/harm to human beings
- Strict penalties for aggravated arson
Penalties for Aggravated Arson
When a person has been convicted of arson within the previous ten years, the new charge is elevated to aggravated arson. Likewise, destruction of five or more inhabited structures or damage to over 6.5 million dollars is also considered as aggravated arson. The penalty for aggravated arson is 10 years to life.
Our San Diego criminal defense attorneys are experienced in arson causes and have handled many cases charged with arson in the San Diego, California area. With over 30 years of collective experience in criminal defense, our lawyers have handled over 100 jury trials. Our lead attorney, Mr. Armstrong, has defended high profile clients and had his litigation reported on CNN, San Diego Union-Tribune and NBC Nightly News. His cases have been featured on “Court TV” and “Law & Order: Crime & Punishment” too.
Our legal team actively scrutinizes the prosecution evidence for defenses. We also check all searches and seizures for violations of constitutional rights. If searches have been illegal, evidence obtained cannot be used. This typically leads to dismissal of charges.
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