Criminal Damage Penalties:
The penalties depend on the value of the destruction of property. Here are the amounts and class of felony.
- $10,000 or more for a class 4 felony
- $5,000 AND the property is owned by a public utility OR the damage created a safety hazard to others
- $2,000 to $10,000 is a class 5 felony
- $1,000 to $2,000 is a class 6 felony
- $250 to $1000 is a class 1 misdemeanor
- Less than $250 is a class 2 misdemeanor
Criminal Damage is a crime in Arizona which can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Obviously it can be very helpful to have a criminal defense attorney help you because of the fact that very small differences in damage valuation can have the most profound impact on the consequences you may face. While the crime can carry with it almost 4 years in prison, criminal damage charges may be resolved with diversion program or deferred prosecution agreements. Furthermore, a misdemeanor compromise deal may also be available depending on certain circumstances. In other words it means that in some cases, the criminal charges can be erased completely if the accused person either completes educational classes and/or pays a fine or both.
Here at Alcock and Associates we have had the wonderful opportunity of being able to represent and win hundreds of criminal cases in Arizona, including criminal damage charges. CLICK HERE TO SEE A LIST OF OUR VICTORIES. If you have any questions about criminal damage in Arizona and you would like to speak with a criminal defense attorney, please do not hesitate to call us at 602-989-5000 for a free consultation.