Under state law, criminal damage to property is an extensive and complex area. The circumstances of the case determine the seriousness of the crime. You can be charged with criminal property damage if you: damage someone else's property knowingly; damage someone else's property recklessly by fire or explosion; knowingly set fire to someone else's land; knowingly injure someone else's pet; or cause damage to property in order to collect insurance. The penalties for this crime can be serious. If you have been arrested or charged, you should immediately consult an experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney.
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Criminal damage to property can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, or as a Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 felony, depending on the circumstances involved. If the property damage is valued at less than $300, you face a Class A misdemeanor carrying maximum penalties of 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine. When the property damage exceeds $300, the charges and penalties become increasingly more serious, depending on the value of the property.
Criminal damage to property is charged as a Class 1 felony if property damage exceeding $100,000 is done to a school, place of worship, or farm equipment. Maximum penalties are 4 to 15 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. Let a seasoned Chicago criminal defense lawyer be your advocate and skillfully defend you against these charges. Contact the firm.