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 accomodation 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