What is Arson ( Penal Code § 451 and § 452) and Its Defenses?

Arson is often viewed as burning down an empty house or business for insurance proceeds.  It can also be a malicious act of revenge meant to get “even” after someone feels disrespected, often in the context of a romantic relationship or in the employment context. What must the prosecutor prove to convict someone of arson?  What are the defenses?  Is it a wobbler?  Is it a strike?  What is the punishment?  Click on the following link to read answers to these questions.


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