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Facing Criminal Damage Charges in Arizona?

Under ARS § 13-1602, criminal damage is defined as:

  • Defacing or damaging property of another person
  • Tampering with another person’s property to severely impair its function or value
  • Damaging property of a utility
  • Parking any vehicle in a way that will deprive livestock of access to the only available water source
  • Drawing or inscribing a message, slogan, sign or symbol on any public or private building, structure or surface, besides the ground, and that is created without the owner’s consent

What are the Penalties for Criminal Damage?

Penalties for this kind of crime vary based on the type of property that is damaged and how much damage the property sustained. In addition to the jail sentence and fines, any person who is convicted may be required to pay restitution to the plaintiff.

The penalties for a criminal damage conviction and the value of the damage associated with each charge are the following:

  • Property damage of more than $10,000
  • Class 4 felony
    • Maximum jail sentence of three years
    • Maximum fine of $150,000
    • Property damage of $2,000 to $10,000
  • Class 5 felony
    • Maximum jail sentence of two years
    • Maximum fine of $150,000
  • Property damage of $1,000 to $2,000
  • Class 6 felony
    • Maximum jail sentence of one and a half years
    • Maximum fine of $150,000
    • Property damage of $250 to $1,000
  • Class 1 misdemeanor
    • Maximum jail sentence of six months
    • Property damage of less than $250
  • Class 2 misdemeanor
    • Maximum jail sentence of four months

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