Intentional Burning of Lands in Florida
In Florida, Intentional Burning of Lands is defined as burning or setting fire to any wild land or vegetative land owned by another person without the owner's permission. 
General Intent Crime
The crime of Intentional Burning of Lands is a general intent crime, which means that the State is not required to prove that you specifically knew discarding an object would cause a wildfire.
Penalties for Intentional Burning of Lands
In Florida, the crime of Intentional Burning of Lands is classified as a First Degree Misdemeanor punishable by up to one (1) year in jail, one (1) year of probation, and a $1,000 fine.
If convicted of Intentional Burning of Lands, a judge may sentence a person to probation, but may also impose a sentence up to the statutory maximum of one year in jail.
Defenses to Intentional Burning of Lands
Lack of Vegetation
If the ignition source was discarded in an area that lacked combustible vegetation, such as a mall parking lot, the State would be unable to prove that a “wildfire” could occur.
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