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.
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