Personal Property Damage in North Carolina
Damage to personal property is a nonviolent offense that unlawfully defaces or causes damage to property belonging to another. If you or someone you know has been charged with vandalism or damage to property, it’s important to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. To start working on your legal defense, reach out to Smith Giles Attorneys at Law. We have years of experience providing legal assistance to those charged with property damage in North Carolina.
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What Do Vandalism & Injury to Property Charges Entail?
If you’ve been charged with vandalism or injury to property, it’s important to understand those charges.
A vandalism charge is referred to as “graffiti vandalism” in North Carolina criminal law. This involves illegal writing or marking on the walls of someone else’s property. Whether the building is public or private, or the medium used is permanent or temporary, a vandalism charge is usually a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by a minimum $500 fine. Depending on the case, punishment can also include community service. If a person has two or more prior convictions for graffiti vandalism, a third vandalism charge can result in a Class H felony.
Injury to Property
Although somewhat similar to vandalism, an injury of property charge can apply to the injury of a building or personal property. A person can be guilty of injury to property regardless of whether or not the property was destroyed. Injury to real property is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Injury to property is a Class 2 misdemeanor if the damage is less than $200 and a Class 1 misdemeanor if the damage is more than $200.
Other charges related to vandalism and injury to property include:
- Injury to trees, crops, lands, etc.
- Cutting, injuring, or stealing another’s timber
- Willfully or negligently setting fire to woods or fields
If you or someone you know is facing charges for vandalism, injury to property, or a related charge, contact the experienced attorneys at Smith Giles Attorneys at Law for legal defense. A conviction of one of these charges can have a lasting negative impact on one’s future, especially if it involves federal property or large amounts of damage. Smith Giles Attorneys at Law can handle a variety of property damage cases in North Carolina. We serve the Burlington, Elon, and Greensboro areas.
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