Criminal Damage to Property

Criminal Damage to Property

Criminal damage to property is Georgia’s most common property damage crime. In addition to 1st and 2nd degree offenses, charges for smash and grab and interference with government property also fall into this category of crimes. At Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C. our Criminal Defense team has extensive experience with criminal damage to property cases. If you are facing these charges, please call Pat McDonough or Trinity Hundredmark for a free consultation.

1st Degree Criminal Damage to Property

A first degree criminal damage to property charge is possible if the prosecution has probable cause to believe you knowingly and without authority, interfered with property in a way that would endanger human life, or interfered with the operation of any public communication or utility by use of force or violence. First degree criminal damage to property is a felony carrying a potential sentence of 1 to 10 years.

2nd Degree Criminal Damage to Property

A second degree criminal damage charge can be brought if an individual intentionally damages someone else’s property without their consent, and the damage is valued at more than $500, or if property of any value is recklessly or intentionally damaged by fire or explosive. This felony charge carries a possible penalty of 1 to 5 years.

Smash and Grab

A tough new law has been put in place in the state of Georgia for what is known as a “smash and grab” theft. This new law penalizes individuals that smash into retail display cases or break through windows or doors of retail stores to steal merchandise. If the property damage exceeds $500, the defendant could face a 2 -20 year sentence and up to $100,000 fine if convicted.

Interference to Government Property

Interfering or obstructing traffic into or from government property is considered a misdemeanor offense with a potential penalty of a year in prison. Damage, destruction, or defacing government property can lead to a felony charge and a potential sentence of 1 to 5 years.

If you have been accused of criminal damage to property, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C. for a confidential case evaluation. It is always our goal to protect our clients’ rights and achieve the best possible outcome.

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