Arson

What is the crime of Reckless Burning in Arizona a violation of A.R.S. 13-1702?

The Crime of Reckless Burning consists of reckless burning by causing a fire or explosion that damages a building or property and is a class one misdemeanor.

Reckless means that a person is aware of the danger but chooses to disregard the seriousness of the danger and is unjustified in doing so under the circumstances. The risk must be of such nature and degree that to disregard such risk is a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.

The property damaged may consist of a building, including an occupied, unoccupied or vacant dwelling, a business, vehicle, boat, plane an object with sides and a floor but apparently without a roof, or anything used for transportation. Property may also be other than a structure which has value either public or private, including documents.

What is the crime of Arson of a structure or property in Arizona a violation of A.R.S. 13-1703?

Arson of a building or property requires the knowing, rather than reckless, damage to a building or property by fire or explosion. This is a class four felony if the property was worth more than one thousand dollars. Property worth one hundred dollars to one thousand dollars is a class five felony and damage less than one hundred dollars is a class one misdemeanor.

What is the crime of Arson of an occupied structure in Arizona a violation of A.R.S. 13-1704?

Arson of an occupied structure in Arizona occurs when a person knowingly and unlawfully causes damage to an occupied structure such as a house or business by fire or explosion.

Occupied structure can mean any object, building, vehicle, boat, plane, or place with sides and a floor , used for lodging, storage, recreation, business or transportation.

The penalty in Arizona for arson of an occupied structure or property is a class 2 felony.

What is the crime of Arson of an occupied jail or prison facility in Arizona a violation of A.R.S. 13-1705?

In Arizona the crime of Arson of an occupied jail or prison facility happens when a person knowingly causes a fire or explosion causing damage to a jail or prison facility. This event most often occurs when an inmate sets a fire while incarcerated.

Under the law in Arizona Arson of a jail or prison facility is a class 4 felony.

What is the crime of Burning of wildlands in Arizona a violation of A.R.S. 13-1706?

Burning of wildlands in Arizona can happen under many circumstances by setting a fire intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence. It is the unlawful burning of wildlands that is prohibited and can happen when a fire passes from one person’s land who is lawfully engaged in burning his own grounds to another person’s grounds.

If the burning is done intentionally and places another person in danger of death or serious injury or danger of damage to any building or occupied structure of another then this is a class 3 felony.

A burning in violation of any rule or order issued by a government entity that bans, prohibits, restricts or otherwise regulates fires during extreme periods of fire hazard when done intentionally or knowingly is a class 6 felony.

If the burning of the wildlands is done recklessly then this is a class 1 misdemeanor.

If the burning of wildlands is done with criminal negligence then this is a class 2 misdemeanor.