Criminal damage to property refers to the intentional defacing or destruction of the someone else’s property without their consent (943.01.) It is often charged as a Class A misdemeanor, which may result in up to nine months in jail with a fine up to $10,000 and the establishment of a criminal record.
If the property involved is reduced in value by more than $2,500, it may be charged as a felony. Charges of felony criminal damage to property may also result when damage is to a public utility/common carrier which results in service interruptions, damage to state owned lands with prominent features, damage to highways and roads where physical injury is likely to occur or other egregious acts of property damage.
If you are charged with a Class I felony, the consequences are more serious. A conviction for felony damage to property may result in up to 3 years 6 months in prison, a $10,000.00 fine, or both.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Damage to Property Lawyer
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help to defend you against Wisconsin charges of misdemeanor or felony criminal damage to property. Contact the Waukesha criminal defense team at the Law Offices of Andrew C. Ladd LLC for immediate assistance today.