In the eyes of the law, vandalism is punished as a theft crime. The property that has been damaged during the crime is basically deemed to have been stolen from the owner, because it has been destroyed. If you are being charged with vandalism in Tennessee, you will want to start working with a defense attorney right away. Building a solid case in your defense will give you the best chance of avoiding conviction.
Vandalism is simply defined as ‘knowingly and/or deliberately causing damage to the property of another’. There are countless ways that vandalism could occur, and the punishment is related to the value of what was damaged. The following list outlines the charges associated with different value ranges.
- $500 or less – Class A Misdemeanor
- $500-$1,000 – Class E felony
- $1,000-$10,000 – Class D felony
- $10,000-$60,000 – Class C felony
- More than $60,000 – Class B felony
As you can see, the charges get increasingly more serious as the value of the damage goes up. While a Class A misdemeanor conviction could possibly mean no jail time at all, a Class B felony has a minimum sentence of eight years, and can go up to thirty. Regardless of what you have been charged with, it is vital that you retain a good defense attorney and stand up for yourself in this case.
Call the office of Gregory P. Issacs today at 865-673-4953 for a free consultation. Mr. Issacs will work hard to give you the best defense possible against the charge of vandalism.