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To be charged with vandalism, you must have done any of the following:
Depending on the nature of the allegations, vandalism penalties can range from a fifth degree felony, punishable by up to 12 months in prison to a third degree felony punishable by up to 36 months in prison.
If you are convicted of vandalism, additional potential issues include:
Simply put, if you are convicted of vandalism, 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 vandalism charge the level of importance it deserves.
The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with vandalism. 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.
If you’ve been charged with vandalism, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced vandalism attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.