Criminal damage to property is the intentional act of causing damage to someone’s property without their consent. If you have been charged with this crime, there can be serious consequences. Having a Duluth criminal damage lawyer by your side will ensure the best possible resolution. To learn more about how Poole Law Office PLLC can help you, contact us now and schedule your free consultation.
Degrees of Criminal Damage
The degree of the criminal damage to property depends upon the severity of the damage and surrounding circumstances.
- First Degree – The property belonged to a common carrier, or there was reasonable and foreseeable risk of bodily harm, or the value of the property was reduced by $1,000, or the offense was a repeat offense and the damage was $500 or more. This felony offense results in 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
- Second Degree – The property’s value was reduced between $500 and $1,000, and the act was motivated by another’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or national origin. This felony offense results in one year and one day in prison and up to $3,000 in fines.
- Third Degree – The damage to the property is between $500 and $1,000, was motivated by some kind of bias, and the property value was not more than $500. This gross misdemeanor can result in one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
- Fourth Degree – This is a misdemeanor that covers property damage that is not covered by the other three degrees, and can result in 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
Regardless of the severity, it is very important to have a Duluth criminal damage lawyer represent every step of the way to ensure you get the best resolution possible.
Contact a Duluth Criminal Damage Lawyer
If you have been accused of criminal damage to property, contact Poole Law Office PLLC now. You have the right to a quality lawyer who can ensure the best outcome. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at 218-461-0247 to schedule your free consultation or fill out our contact form and we will contact you shortly.
(The content on this page is for informational purposes only, shall not be used as legal advice, and is absolutely no substitute for contacting an attorney for help)