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Understanding your defense options against vandalism charges

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2024 | Theft & Property Crimes |

Vandalism is generally defined as intentional damage or destruction of someone’s property without consent. While it may seem like a minor offense, vandalism charges can carry severe penalties depending on the circumstances.

If you or a loved one is facing vandalism charges, it is important to understand the allegations and explore all of the defense options.

Understanding the charges

Vandalism charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the extent of the damage and the cost of repairs. Penalties typically grow harsher with more extensive damage.

Considering the possible defenses

Several defenses may apply in vandalism cases. For example, witness identifications are not always accurate. When someone faces accusations of vandalism due to mistaken identification, proving their whereabouts at the time of the incident can help fight the charge.

Another important factor to consider is intent. If the vandalism was accidental, there was no intent to do damage. This lack of intent may provide grounds to fight the charge.

In some cases, rightful ownership claims can negate a vandalism charge. If the individual in question believed that they had a right to damage the property or believed that they owned the property, this is a sound defense as well.

Exploring your options

Fighting vandalism charges requires carefully examining the specific allegations and evidence. Consider each element of the situation to effectively identify the opportunities for a sound defense.

Understanding the nuances of vandalism charges and the possible defenses makes it easier to determine how to proceed. Consider these points as you assess your situation.