Reckless Burning of Lands in Florida
In Florida, the crime of Reckless Burning of Lands is defined as recklessly causing lands owned by another person to catch on fire. 
General Intent Crime
The crime of Reckless 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 fire.
Penalties for Reckless Burning of Lands
In Florida, the crime of Reckless Burning of Lands is a Second Degree Misdemeanor punishable by up to sixty (60) days in jail, six (6) months of probation, and a $500 fine.
If convicted of Reckless Burning of Lands, a judge may sentence a person to probation, but may also impose a sentence up to the statutory maximum of sixty days in jail.
Defenses to Reckless 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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