Damaging Property Is No Light Offense
Damaging or destroying someone’s property is a criminal offense in Louisiana. The penalties will vary depending upon the value of the damage and whether anyone’s life was endangered by the destructive action. However, you could potentially face fines, jail and a criminal record.
It is important to understand your legal options and make smart, informed choices when you are accused of criminal damage to property. Consult a New Orleans criminal defense law firm for help. Bloom Legal can assist you in taking a strategic approach to dealing with your charges so you can avoid conviction or minimize penalties and consequences associated with a charge of criminal damage of property.
New Orleans Laws on Criminal Damage of Property
According to Louisiana law, you can be charged with criminal damage to property any time you intentionally harm someone else’s possessions without permission.
The potential penalties for conviction include:
- Up to six months of incarceration and a fine up to $1,000 dollars if the value of the damage is $500 dollars or less.
- Up to two years in prison and fines up to $1,000 dollars if the value of the damage is between $500 and $50,000 dollars.
- Between one and 10 years of incarceration and fines up to $10,000 dollars if the value of the damage exceeds $50,000 dollars.
- Between one and 15 years of incarceration and fines up to $10,000 dollars if you intentionally damage a structure, vehicle or watercraft and someone’s life was or will be endangered by your actions.
If you damage property without putting someone’s life at risk, you are charged with criminal damage to property. If you endanger another person, then you are charged with aggravated criminal damage.
To be convicted, a prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced New Orleans criminal defense law firm can help you raise defenses, introduce doubt about your guilt, or negotiate a plea bargain to avoid the most serious penalties.
Getting Help from a New Orleans Criminal Defense Law Firm
Bloom Legal has extensive experience representing clients accused of simple and aggravated criminal damage of property. We can help those who live local to New Orleans as well as those who are accused of damaging property while they were on vacation or visiting the Louisiana area.
The outcome of your case can have a huge impact on your future, and our primary goal is to help you avoid conviction or minimize the consequences for criminal damage to property. We also try to make the process of defending yourself and responding to the charges as simple as possible, minimizing the number of times you have to return to New Orleans as well as helping to reduce the stress and limit legal costs.
Contact us today to learn more about how our New Orleans criminal defense law firm can help you after you have been charged with criminal damage of property. We are available by phone at 504-599-9997, or you can complete our online contact form.
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