Arson Endangering Persons

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How is the Crime of “Arson Endangering Persons” Defined?

Our criminal defense attorneys look forward to explaining all your rights and options at this time. In the meantime, below you will find the actual statute defining the crime of “arson endangering persons.”

First of all, what is “Arson Endangering Person,” Exactly?

Here is the Answer:

(a) ARSON ENDANGERING PERSONS. —

(1) A person commits a felony of the first degree if he intentionally starts a fire or causes an explosion, or if he aids, counsels, pays or agrees to pay another to cause a fire or explosion, whether on his own property or on that of another, and if:

(i) he thereby recklessly places another person in danger of death or bodily injury, including but not limited to a firefighter, police officer or other person actively engaged in fighting the fire; or (ii) he commits the act with the purpose of destroying or damaging an inhabited building or occupied structure of another.

(2) A person who commits arson endangering persons is guilty of murder of the second degree if the fire or explosion causes the death of any person, including but not limited to a firefighter, police officer or other person actively engaged in fighting the fire, and is guilty of murder of the first degree if the fire or explosion causes the death of any person and was set with the purpose of causing the death of another person.

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