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Is Malicious Burning Different from Arson In Maryland?

The crime of arson encompasses the burning of dwelling and structures. Criminal defense lawyers in Baltimore have successfully argued that a different crime is involved when the burned item is personalty.

Maryland law prohibits the willful burning of the personal property of another.

If the property is valued at more than 1,000 the crime is in the first degree, and in the second degree if the value of the property is less. In the context of this statute “Maliciously means acting with intent to harm a person or property." First degree malicious burning is punishable by up to 5 years, whereas second degree is punishable by 18 months or less. 

     -This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 3/6/20. 

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FN 1 MD Code, Criminal Law, § 6-101

Eric T Kirk

After graduating with honors from Albany Law School in New York, Eric Kirk has spent most of his 25 year legal career battling insurance companies to secure fair and just compensation for his clients in Maryland, New York, and Florida.