Creating a Hazard in New Jersey, as outlined in N.J.S.A. 2C:40-1, is a disorderly persons offense that can carry a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000.
This is essentially a charge that you are not maintaining property in safe condition, such as having an open well or cesspool on a property, storing items outdoors that may be dangerous to children, like old freezers or other containers where they can become trapped, or intact television picture tubes that likely contain mercury and can cause contamination and injury.
If you’ve been charged with a crime of creating a hazard under 2C:40-1, you should get experienced legal help right away to push back against allegations that you’ve improperly maintained your property.
Creating a Hazard isn’t the most serious charge on the books, but it can cost you money and leave you with a record.
Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 and talk to an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney for free.