arson (law) | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction / Criminal Law

At common law, arson was defined as “the malicious burning of the dwelling of another.”

Modern statutes tend to grade arson based on the value of the property destroyed.  In addition, modern statutes do not tend to specify that the property must be a dwelling.

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Last Modified: 07/17/2021

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