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Criminal Damage of Property in Illinois

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In Illinois, Criminal Damage of Property is when an individual purposefully and knowingly damages property of another person without their consent. You can also be charged with this type of crime by recklessly damaging someone else’s property by fire or explosion, as well as knowingly injuring another individual’s pet.

The charge an offender will face depends on the property that was damaged, which typically results in extensive prison sentences and expensive fines. Our Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney at Ahmad Law Firm can help you protect your rights, reputation, and freedom, no matter how complicated your case may be. We serve Chicago and all nearby neighborhoods!

Criminal Damage of Property Penalties

The punishment for Criminal Damage of Property depends on what type of property was damaged and the dollar value of the damage. This offense can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

The following are the penalties based on the damage value:

  • Less than $300 – Class A misdemeanor
    • Maximum jail sentence of one year
    • Fine of up to $2,500
  • Between $301 and $10,000 – Class 4 felony
    • Maximum prison sentences of three years
    • Fine of up to $25,000
  • Between $10,001 and $100,000 – Class 3 felony
    • Maximum prison sentence of five years
    • Fine of up to $25,000
  • Over $100,000 – Class 2 felony
    • Maximum prison sentence of seven years
    • Fine of up to $25,000

However, if you are charged with damaging property at school or place of worship, as well as to agricultural or farm equipment, then the penalty will be more severe. Additionally, damage to property involving animals results in harsher sentencing.

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Not only will a conviction of this crime mean prison time and fines, but it can lead to a permanent criminal record, which can have an adverse impact on the rest of your life. As a former prosecutor, our Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney has a comprehensive understanding of both sides of the courtroom and can provide you with a relentless and customized defense strategy.

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