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Criminal Property Damage
In Minnesota, criminal damage to property is a serious offense. It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, and a conviction could lead to imprisonment and thousands of dollars in fines. The penalties can have life-altering consequences. For example, a mark on your criminal record could make it challenging for you to get a job or find a place to live. If you were accused of criminal damage to property, you need a lawyer on your side who knows how to fight your charge and seek a favorable outcome on your behalf.
At Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins, PLLC, our St. Paul property crime attorneys have over 80 years of combined experience and have handled thousands of cases. We know the laws and the court systems, and we know what it takes to develop and present a compelling legal defense. When you hire us, you'll receive personalized attention from the beginning of your case until its conclusion. Additionally, our team is accessible and available 24/7. You'll also get our cell phone numbers so you can reach us whenever you have questions or concerns about your case. We're providing zealous advocacy in Dakota County and Washington County!
In Minnesota damage of property law, criminal damage to property is generally defined as causing physical damage to someone else's possessions without their consent. Four degrees of this offense exist, which are separated based on the specifics of the situation.
Criminal Damage to Property 1st Degree in Minnesota
A person could be charged with a first-degree offense if:
- The damage they caused put another person at risk of bodily harm;
- They damaged a police car, fire apparatus, ambulance, or other public safety vehicle to the point that its service was substantially impaired or interrupted or the damage caused a risk of bodily harm;
- They damaged a common carrier, rendering the vehicle inoperable for public service;
- The damaged property's value was reduced by over $1,000; or
- The damaged property's value was reduced by $500 and the individual had previously been convicted of an offense within the past 3 years
First-degree criminal damage to property is a felony. A conviction is punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Criminal Damage to Property 2nd Degree in Minnesota
A second-degree charge is levied against a person who:
- Causes damage that reduces the value of the property by between $500 and $1,000, or damages a public safety vehicle; and
- The offense was carried out because of the alleged victim's actual or perceived:
- Sexual orientation
- National origin
Criminal damage to property in the second degree is also a felony. It's punishable by up to 1 year, 1 day imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $3,000.
Criminal Damage to Property 3rd Degree in Minnesota
An individual may be accused of committing a third-degree offense if they:
- Cause damage that reduces the value of the property by between $500 and $1,000; or
- Cause damage to a public safety vehicle
The conviction penalties for third-degree criminal property damage include up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $3,000.
4th Degree Criminal Damage to Property MN
A person may be charged with a fourth-degree offense for causing damage to property that was not a public safety vehicle and the value of the item is reduced by less than $500. A conviction could lead to up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
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If you were accused of criminal property damage in St. Paul or the surrounding areas, our St. Paul property crime lawyers at Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins, PLLC are ready to help. We'll skillfully guide you through the process and help you make informed decisions about how to proceed. We proudly serve Dakota County and Washington County and are committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of the accused.
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