Have you been charged with arson in Orange County or elsewhere in Southern California? I can provide you with an effective, experienced defense against arson and all related criminal charges.
Under California Penal Code § 451, “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.” A bomb or explosion that causes a fire can also be classified as arson and punished by the same penalties.
Arson requires intent, meaning it is only considered a crime if the fire was intentionally or recklessly started. The prosecution must prove that the person did not just make a foolish mistake, such as plugging too many appliances into the same outlet and starting an electrical fire. If the person intended to start a fire or was reckless about the danger of starting a fire, but did not actually intend to burn a structure, forest land, or other property, the person can still be prosecuted for arson if the fire nonetheless does burn one of these things.
A person can be charged with arson for intentionally burning their own home if they were trying to collect under an insurance policy, or if someone was injured or other property not belonging to them was also burned.
Penalties for arson vary in degree. First degree arson has the highest penalties, and it is usually charged for occupied structures, like homes and schools. Second degree arson, for burning vehicles and unoccupied buildings, and third degree arson, for burning the defendant’s own property, carry lower penalties.
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If you or a family member has been charged with arson, please contact me, attorney Scott R. Cadzow, for a free consultation. I can provide you with a skilled and aggressive defense against arson and all related charges, including insurance fraud.
I have over 25 years experience representing clients accused of arson, insurance fraud, and other property-related crimes, in Orange County and throughout Southern California. I have protected the rights of defendants in over 100 criminal jury trials, and I know how to investigate an arson case and seek dismissal where warranted, or obtain a good plea bargain offer, or present a strong defense at trial.
Your case is important to me. I offer reasonable fees and take credit cards, and can meet with you at my law offices in Orange County or in Vista, whichever is closer to you. I offer a free consultation and am available 24/7. When you call me, I will respond quickly
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