These are separate crimes, and the difference is in then intent of the perpetrator. Arson requires that the criminal act willfully and maliciously in setting something ablaze. Baltimore Criminal Defense attorneys know well that if an alleged criminal does not act with the necessary frame of mind, they may escape conviction. Maryland law separately punishes burnings of a different nature than arson. Burning with intent to defraud is also a crime, separate and apart from the crime of arson. The crime carries 5 years.
Is Burning with Intent to Defraud Different Than Arson?