Vandalism is the act of maliciously or willfully defacing or destroying public or private property. Even if the property damage is very small, it is still considered a crime. Vandalism can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on how severe the damage is. If the charge is a felony and it results in conviction, the penalties include fines, jail time, and probation.
Unique & Personalized Representation
No two cases are alike, which is why it is important to work with an attorney who is experienced with vandalism cases and who knows the system in a way that the best results can be secured. You could be charged with one of the following:
- Misdemeanor vandalism – can result in no jail time, fines, community service, restitution, and 3 years of informal probation.
- Felony vandalism – can result in jail time, formal probation, restitution, and community service.
Due to the fact that vandalism is frequently an offense against a person’s personal property, the victim will sometimes drop the charges if restitution is paid. Being paid for their damages is usually all they want. We can work toward an agreement for restitution to be paid so you do not have to pay criminal penalties or pay the collateral consequences that are related to a criminal charge. Collateral consequences include difficulty finding a place to live or finding a job because the offense is on the criminal record.
Evaluating Every Detail Of Your Case
Your Southern Minnesota criminal defense lawyer will evaluate every detail of your case. Vandalism is sometimes accidental or committed without malicious intent. If you simply do something such as carve your name into a tree or a bench, you could be charged. If you lean on a car without thinking about it and cause a scratch or dent, you could be charged with vandalism. This can be very frustrating and we understand that, which is why we leave no stone unturned so you get the fairest possible outcome in your case. The goal is for you to not have to pay any criminal penalties and put the matter behind you.
Contact A Mankato Criminal Defense Attorney
Vandalism may not seem like a serious criminal offense, but it does come with consequences and a criminal record. If you have been charged, it is your right to defend yourself. With the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you can have an effective vandalism defense that is designed to get results. To learn more, call Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office Chtd. at 507-625-5000 for an initial consultation.