Criminal Damage Charges
Criminal damage charges can range in severity from a low level misdemeanor to a more serious felony, depending on the allegations. For example, if a person recklessly damages property valued at more than $250.00 but less than $1,000.00 dollars, then this would be charged as a class 1 misdemeanor. In the most serious cases, criminal damage can be charged as a class 4 felony if the damages are valued at $10,000 or more (or $5,000 or more if the damages involved the property of a utility). The penalty for misdemeanor criminal damage charges, if convicted, can be up to a maximum of six months in jail and a $2,500.00 fine. Felony charges can result in up to a maximum of 3.75 years in jail. The consequences of a criminal conviction can be significant and long lasting, including a criminal record, exposure to incarceration, fees and fines, probation services, and can have a negative impact on current or future employment aspirations. If you have been charged with a criminal damage violation, the Firm can review your case at no charge and discuss your legal options. Contact the Firm today to arrange your free consultation (480) 988-7993.