Criminal Damage Penalties
In the state of Wisconsin, there are certain laws that exist regarding criminal damage to public and private properties. For instance, arson and graffiti may be considered acts of criminal damage. Though most instances of these crimes are considered misdemeanors, there are certain acts that can elevate a crime’s status to a felony offense. It is important to understand these distinctions and the penalties you may face if you are charged with one of these offenses.
If you have been accused of damaging another person’s property, an experienced attorney can help you face your accusation in a court of law and fight for your rights. To learn more about criminal damage, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.
Felony Criminal Damage
In the following instances, criminal damage can be classified as a Class I felony in Wisconsin:
- The loss of property amounted to more than $2,500
- The damage was done to a highway or public road, causing an increased chance for accident or injury
- The damage was done to a public utility with the intention of disrupting the function of that utility
- Fines for Class I felonies include jail time of 3.5 years and fines of up to $10,000.
In the case of arson, accused individuals may be facing a Class C felony if the damage was done to a “building” (by legal definition) or was an explosion. Penalties for this action can be up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000.
If you or someone you love is facing charges regarding damages to public or private property, call an experienced attorney today to begin formulating your defense. For more information, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.