Whoever intentionally causes damage to physical property of another without the other person’s consent commits criminal damage to property. Depending on the nature and value of the property damaged and the circumstances surrounding the damage, a person convicted of Criminal Damage to Property may potentially face up to 5 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Like all property crimes, Criminal Damage to Property convictions may come with expensive restitution orders. In some cases it is very difficult to determine the actual value of the property that has been damaged. If law enforcement does not accurately calculate the value of the damaged property, they may charge the Defendant with too serious of an offense and the State may ask for an unreasonably high amount of restitution. If you are charged with such a crime, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has extensive experience defending clients accused of property crimes. If you are accused of such a crime, you may need to also retain an expert who is familiar with the type of property damaged. Attorney Knuesel has worked with experts in a variety of fields to address issues of valuation. As in all cases, you do have a right to contact an attorney during any phase of the investigation or court proceedings. Attorney Knuesel can be reached during regular business hours at Knuesel Law Firm. After hours and/or on weekends, Attorney Knuesel can be reached through the Firm’s 24-hour access number.
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