The Minneapolis property damage defense attorneys at Newmark Storms Law Office help clients face these vandalism charges throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Criminal damage to property, or vandalism, is categorized into four degrees based on level of damage severity and other circumstances.
Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree
First degree criminal damage to property is the most serious type of this offense and is a felony. In this case the property damage caused (or could have caused) bodily, impaired the public, the damage reduced the property value by $1000 (or $500 if prior convictions within the last three years). The penalties following a conviction are steep including up to five years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
Criminal Damage to Property in the Second Degree
Second degree vandalism is also a felony. This charge usually comes about if the physical property damage was due the victim’s age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, etc. The penalty for a second degree property damage conviction is up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines.
Criminal Damage to Property in the Third Degree
Third degree criminal damage to property is a gross misdemeanor charge. A person is charged with a third degree vandalism offense if he or she intentionally causes more than $500 (but not more than $1000) of damage. If convicted, the sentence is up to one year in jail and $3,000 in fines.
Criminal Damage to Property in the Fourth Degree
Fourth degree criminal damage to property is a misdemeanor charge that results if the property vandalized is worth less than $500.
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