Maximum Penalty: 30 years and/or $50,000 fine
Md. Crim. Law Sec. 6-102(a)

Arson is the willful and malicious setting fire to or burning of a dwelling. In order to convict the defendant, the State must prove:

  1. that the defendant set fire to or burned at least part of a dwelling; and
  2. that the setting fire to or burning of the dwelling was willful and malicious
  • Dwelling: structure in which some portion has been adapted for overnight accommodation of individuals, regardless of whether anyone is actually present
  • Burning: actual combustion or charring by fire – the slightest burning of any part of the building is sufficient
  • Willfully: intentionally, knowingly and purposefully
  • Maliciously: with the intent to harm others or their property

Furthermore, to avoid cases of fires, property owners who have fire alarm systems or water-based fire protection systems that are not functional are required to implement a fire watch. They may seek expert help from a professional Fire Watch Security in Tampa.