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Arson, Vandalism & Criminal Damaging

Arson, vandalism and criminal mischief generally apply to the defacing, damaging or destruction of someone else’s property. As you can imagine, people do not like their property defaced, damaged or destroyed. Therefore, cases involving arson, vandalism and criminal mischief can be quite sensitive.

Every day in central Ohio people are charged with offenses relating to the defacing, damaging or destruction of someone else’s property.  Depending on the charge, penalties can range from a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail to a first degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison.

If you are convicted of arson, vandalism or criminal mischief, additional potential issues include:

  • Maintaining your current employment
  • Licensure issues in some professions
  • Difficulty getting a good job in the future
  • Difficulty and possible denial in immigration and naturalization proceedings

Simply put, if you are convicted of arson, vandalism or criminal mischief, it will potentially be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who cannot respect the property of others. Therefore, it is critical that you to give your arson, vandalism or criminal mischief charge the level of importance it deserves.

The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with arson, vandalism or criminal mischief. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police made, whether your arrest was lawful, whether there were issues with the collection, storage and testing of evidence and what other legal issues can be raised on your behalf.

We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, lab reports and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review

Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.

If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.

For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with criminal offenses from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.

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