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Defense After an Arson Arrest

Outside of earthquakes, forest fires pose the biggest threat to Southern Californians. During fire season, people living in burn prone areas have to brace themselves. So, it should come as no surprise that law enforcement are particularly tough on suspected arsonists. Unlike other parts of the country, our region is especially dry. One loose ember can burn millions of acres to the ground, causing tremendous financial damage and killing anyone caught in the blaze.

If you've been accused of arson, don’t wait another moment. Get the representation you need to avoid a significant loss of freedoms. Police and prosecutors waste little time dealing with people charged with arson. The catastrophic damage that such flames can cause in our part of the world demand swift action.

Contact the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti to schedule a free consultation at your earliest convenience. Remember that you have rights and the burden of proof falls upon the prosecution. This means there is ample time to build a solid defense and refute whatever charges you face. But you must act now to avoid further complications.

Dial (888) 478-8999 now to speak with an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney about your case.

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What is California Penal Code Section 451?

If you are suspected of committing arson, you are being charged under California Penal Code Section 451. The law states that anyone can be considered guilty of arson if they:

"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."

The code is broken down into more detailed scenarios, covering everything from the burning of forest lands, inhabited structures, your own property, and another person. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case and your intentions when setting the blaze, you could be facing a wide range of possible punishments.

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"There was an accident in my home that caused my house to be destroyed in a fire. Police said I purposely burnt down my house and was going to be charged with arson. I met with attorney Michael L. Guisti at his office and we talked for quite awhile, and he was worried about my and my kid's living situation. He went beyond simply being an attorney to somebody who actually cared about my well-being. Mr. Guisti is a really smart guy who knows his legal stuff, and Mr. Guisti got this charge thrown out of court, and he made a point to help with my insurance so me and my kids have a house to live in. Thank you so much Mr. Guisti. If you're in trouble I STRONGLY recommend Mr. Guisti, because the guy knows how law works, and how to keep you safe!"

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What is a Wobbler?

A wobbler is a type of offense that depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime, can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Arson happens to be a wobbler. Unlike most crimes found in the California Penal Code, arson isn't broken out into degrees. It is either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the facts presented. Generally this means if you acted in a reckless manner and started a fire that was localized and didn’t harm anyone, you could be charged with misdemeanor arson. But, in most cases arson is considered a felony. This is due to the amount of damage sustained, if anyone was injured, and if it was premeditated or not.

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Make the Call Today

If you or a loved one has been charged with arson, contact Law Office of Michael L. Guisti as soon as possible. We can't stress the vigorous defense that must be presented to avoid further trouble. Arson is a serious crime and can land you in prison for an extensive period of time. Call us today.

You can reach us at (888) 478-8999.

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Whether you're facing a felony or a misdemeanor, don't risk a conviction. Act quickly to redeem your reputation and protect your record by consulting with our Orange County criminal defense lawyer. Call today to schedule your free consultation.

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