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.
Penalties to Arson of an occupied structure in Arizona, A.R.S. 13-1704.
The penalty in Arizona for arson of an occupied structure or property is a class 2 felony.
Defenses to Arson of an occupied structure in Arizona, A.R.S. 13-1704.
Some defenses to the charge of arson of an occupied structure include:
- mistaken identity
- insufficient evidence
- the structure was not occupied.
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