In New Jersey, Arson (N.J.S.A 2C:17-1) is defined as intentionally starting a fire or explosion, which thereby recklessly places another person in danger of bodily injury or death;
places a building or structure belonging to another in danger of damage or destruction; with the purpose of collecting insurance for the damage or destruction to the property;
with the purpose of damaging or destroying a structure to exempt it from regulations of the State, county, or other authority;
or recklessly endangering a forest with the risk of damage or destruction.
Violation of any one of these provisions is grounds to be charged with Arson in New Jersey.
The punishment if convicted under N.J.S.A. 2C:17-1 is a prison sentence between three and five years and a $15,000 fine.
You’ll also face various fees, fines, and restitution payments.
Arson is an extremely serious charge that requires strong legal defense right away.
Call attorney Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey Arson defense attorney.