Destruction of property can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the kind of property and the value of the property in question in Pennsylvania. Typical criminal property destruction is charged under the term criminal mischief, which might include vandalism, arson, reckless burning, destruction of private property, road rage fallout that destroys or damages property, conflicts between partners or strangers that escalates and results in damage to property, graffiti, and more.
3rd Degree Destruction of Property Charge — Misdemeanor
If the damage done is valued at more than $500, you could be facing a 3rd degree misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. Conviction can result in a maximum of one-year jail time.
2nd Degree Destruction of Property Charge – Misdemeanor
If the damage to property is valued at more than $1000, you could be charged with 2nd degree criminal mischief, which carries a maximum of two years jail time.
3rd Degree Destruction of Property Charge — Felony
If damage to property is valued at more than $5000 or if the criminal act results in a significant negative impact on the public transportation system, a public utility, communication system, or other public service, the offense may be charged as a 3rd degree felony. Conviction of a 3rd degree felony can result in a maximum of seven years’ jail time and fines.
Facing Destruction of Property Charges? Criminal Defense Attorney in PA: (610) 565-0240.
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