Criminal Damage ChargesMeet the team
DPP Law can work with you from your initial arrest right through to any appearances in magistrates court and assist you throughout any appeals that might be necessary.
If you provide DPP Law’s criminal damage solicitors with in-depth information surrounding your arrest for this offence, furnishing us with an intimate knowledge of your case and the personal circumstances which led to the accusation in question, we will be able to achieve comprehensive mitigation of offences of criminal damage. This will mean you will receive the best possible result if your case goes to trial.
We will select the most appropriate member of our experienced team to represent you at every stage of the legal process, allowing us to efficiently and fully examine the evidence in your case and make your defence the strongest it can possibly be.
Our criminal defence lawyers have experience handling high profile criminal cases in crown court. This in-depth knowledge means that we can take you through your case in a transparent way and lay out all of your available options, allowing you to take control of your own defence with our full assistance and support.
If you’re accused of committing criminal damage, you may face a lengthy sentence for criminal damage to property or any associated offence if found guilty. It is vital that you get in touch with the criminal defence solicitors at DPP Law as soon as possible.
Implications of Criminal Damage Charges
Criminal damage refers to purposeful acts of destruction or damage against another’s property, including graffiti and arson.
While the charge of criminal damage is replaced on occasion by another charge such as burglary if the damage was caused while entering a property without consent or during an assault, if that damage is considered to be gratuitous, or there is not enough evidence to prove any other offence, a charge of criminal damage is likely to be brought.
A criminal damage sentence can range from low-level fines and community orders, to life in prison in circumstances of arson with intent to endanger life or other destructive forms of aggravated criminal damage. C
harges can even be brought against a person based on them preparing to commit criminal damage, even when no damage has actually been caused.
Related Criminal Damage Offences
The following charges may be brought alongside one of criminal damage:
- Threat to destroy or damage property
- Possessing anything with intent to destroy or damage property
- Aggravated Criminal Damage
- Racially or Religiously Aggravated Criminal Damage
- Aggravated arson (including arson with intent to endanger life)
- Heritage crime including damage to archeological sites or scheduled monuments, listed buildings or other related property
Frequently Asked Questions
What is criminal damage?
Criminal damage represents a broad spectrum of offences, including criminal damage to property and aggravated criminal damage.
The term refers to purposeful actions against another’s property that causes anything from minor damage through to major damage or complete destruction.
An example of relatively minor damage is small-scale graffiti, while an example of major damage is arson.
The term “criminal damage” also covers unseen damage that stops the proper functioning of a property and other damage which can endanger life.
What constitutes criminal damage?
The Criminal Damage Act 1971 states that you are likely to face a criminal damage sentence if, without lawful excuse, you destroy or damage any property belonging to another person, or you intend to destroy or damage any such property, or you have been reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged.
What is the maximum penalty for criminal damage?
The maximum sentence for criminal damage can be 10 years of imprisonment. However, the sentence for criminal damage does depend on the amount of damage caused. For example, where the damage value is less than £5,000, the case can result in a maximum sentence of three months in prison and, or a fine of up to £2,500.
Who pays for criminal damage?
The court often orders those convicted of criminal damage to pay compensation to the victim, so that they have the financial means to repair whatever has been damaged. However, in the case that the court did not order the offender to pay a fine to the victim, the victim can then apply for compensation online.
How long does criminal damage stay on record?
If you are found guilty of criminal damage, this conviction will remain on your police record until you reach 100 years of age, along with any other recordable offences you’re convicted of. For any employment vetting purposes, criminal damage will be removed from the report after six years if the offender was over 18 years of age at the time of the crime being committed.
If you are facing a sentence for criminal damage to property, you can contact the solicitors at DPP Law 24 hours a day. Our experienced solicitors will build a strong defence on your behalf and offer you the best possible representation.
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