Arson (Penal Code 451)

To be found guilty of Arson, the D.A. must prove:

  1. that you set fire to or burned a structure, forest land, or property, AND
  2. that you did so willfully and maliciously.

A lesser charge to ARSON is ARSON Penal Code 452,

The prosecutor must prove the following two elements:

  1. you set fire to or burned a structure, forest land, or property, and
  2. you did so "recklessly.”
    • The difference is the “intent” requirement in elements number 2.

Contact Katie Walsh for help with arson or any other Orange County criminal matter.