A little known but extremely serious criminal charge in New Jersey is specified under N.J.S.A. 2C:17-2(a), Second Degree Causing or Risking Widespread Injury or Damage.
The charge is applied in cases where a defendant stands accused of “purposely or knowingly” unlawfully causing an explosion, flood, avalanche, collapse of a building, release or abandonment of poison gas, radioactive material, or any other harmful or destructive substance.
The charge is often filed in cases of suspected arson. These charges may meet any of several terms of the statute, including causing an explosion, release of gas, or release of a destructive substance like an accelerant used in an intentional fire.
Charges under 2C:17-2(a) are extremely dangerous, because the penalties are so high.
If convicted, you can face a five to ten year prison sentence for this charge alone (more if it’s part of a longer indictment), plus fines of up to $150,000.
Second Degree Causing or Risking Widespread Injury or Damage is the kind of charge that can rob you of years of your life, and you owe it to yourself to work with an experienced lawyer who can provide the strongest possible defense.
Matt Reisig has defended people in New Jersey facing even very serious charges for some 20 years, and can help you.
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