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Criminal Damage to Property in Minneapolis

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The charge of damage to property, including those involving arson, is a serious allegation that could carry lifelong effects. The Minneapolis criminal defense attorneys at Brockton D. Hunter P.A. have represented clients across the state of Minnesota for over 15 years and are available to fight for you. Damage to property is divided into four degrees with their own punishments.

1st Degree Criminal Damage to Property

First Degree Criminal Damage to Property happens when one damages another’s physical property and:

  • The damage caused a reasonably foreseeable risk of bodily harm;
  • The property belonged to a common carrier (such as the light rail or metro transit) and the damage impairs service to the public;
  • The damage reduces the value of the property by more than $1,000; or
  • The damage reduces the value of the property by more than $500 and the defendant has already been convicted of criminal damage to property within the last 3 years.
  • The maximum penalty for first degree criminal damage is 5 years, a $10,000 fine, or both.

2nd Degree Criminal Damage to Property

Second Degree Criminal Damage to Property happens when a person damages property that reduces the value of the property by more than $500 but less than $1,000 and they do so because of the property owner’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. This crime is a felony with a maximum penalty of one year and one day in jail, a fine of $3,000, or both.

3rd Degree Criminal Damage to Property

Third Degree Criminal Damage to Property happens when a person damages property and reduces the value of the property by more than $500 but less than $1,000. The maximum penalty is not more than a year, a $3,000 fine, or both. Third Degree Criminal Damage to Property is a gross misdemeanor.

4th Degree Criminal Damage to Property

Fourth Degree Criminal Damage to Property occurs when a person intentionally damages property under any other circumstances. This crime is a misdemeanor.

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