Columbus Vandalism Lawyer
If you are facing felony Ohio vandalism charges, you will have to pay significant fines and spend a lengthy prison term if you are convicted. The state of Ohio treats vandalism, something most people do for a laugh, as a serious crime with real consequences. Contact Attorney Adam Burke at (614) 280-9122 for your free consultation and to discuss your options.
Definition Ohio Vandalism Charges
A person is said to be guilty of vandalism if the person does any of the following:
- Knowingly causes serious harm to a structure that is occupied or to any of its contents;
- Knowingly causes serious harm to a property that belongs to someone else;
- Knowingly causes serious harm to a property that is owned, controlled, or leased by the government, like the public school building, university building, etc.;
- Knowingly causes serious harm, without permission to, a memorial of the dead, like a tomb or a gravestone; or
- Knowingly breaks into and causes harm to a place of burial, like a tomb or a crypt.
Vandalism is always charged as a felony. If the value of the property vandalized is less than $7,500, it is a felony of the 5th degree, the least serious felony charge possible. If the value of the property damaged is between $7,500 and $150,000, it’s a felony of the 4th degree. If the value of the property damaged is more than (>) $150,000, it’s a felony of the 3rd degree.
Vehicular vandalism – when a person throws an object onto a vehicle, or in its path, and causes damage is also a felony level offense (4th, 3rd & 2nd degree). 1 2
Penalties for Conviction of Felony Ohio Vandalism Charges
For a felony of the 5th degree, you will have to spend 6-8 months in prison and pay up to $2,500. For a 4th degree felony, prison time is 6-18 months and fines of up to $5,000. For a 3rd degree felony, the prison sentence is 1- 5 years, with fines of up to $10,000.
In addition, the offender will have to pay a $2,500 fine, in addition to the usual penalties.
Attorney Adam Burke Llc — Columbus, OH Vandalism Attorney
If you have been charged with vandalism, it is recommended that you get a good lawyer to help you fight your case. Attorney Adam Burke is an experienced attorney who will help you come up with the best possible defense. Contact Attorney Adam Burke now at (614) 280-9122 for your free consultation.