Murfreesboro TN Vandalism and Arson Defense Lawyers
Our Tennessee criminal defense attorneys are here to fight for you so criminal charges don’t result in a conviction that carries severe penalties.
Under Tennessee law, vandalism and arson are criminal property damage offenses. The penalties of being convicted of either of these crimes include jail, probation, fines, and court fees. If you are facing a vandalism or arson charge, you are probably already feeling judged. You might be feeling isolated and alone with the weight of criminal charges placed solely on your shoulders. Know that you do not have to do this by yourself. The tenacious Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley aggressively defend their clients against all criminal charges. These experienced attorneys will fight for you at a time when you need it most.
What is vandalism?
Vandalism is defined by Tennessee law as knowingly or deliberately causing damage to the property of another. Like a theft crime, the punishments for vandalism are based on the value of the loss incurred. The punishments are listed below by how much property damage was incurred:
- $500 or less: Class A misdemeanor. Up to 1 year in jail, probation, $2,500 in fines, and court costs.
- $500-$1,000: Class E felony. 1-6 years in prison, probation, $5,000 in fines, and court costs.
- $1,000-$10,000: Class D felony. 2-12 years in prison, probation, $5,000 in fines, and court costs.
- $10,000-$60,000: Class C felony. 3 to 15 years in prison, probation, $10,000 in fines, and court costs.
- More than $60,000: Class B felony. 8-30 years in prison, probation, up to $25,000 in fines, and court costs.
Additionally, if found guilty of vandalism, you will be required to pay restitution to the victim. Restitution is compensation for the victim’s financial loss that resulted from the crime.
What is arson?
Arson is a particularly serious property offense because it is not just about causing damage to property, it also risks harm to others and a broader scale of financial loss. Because of this, an arson charge can feel particularly isolating. The stigma of being associated with arson is difficult to shake.
Arson is knowingly damaging any structure by fire or explosion without the permission of the owner or person holding a property interest in the structure. It is also considered arson if you damage the structure with the intent to collect insurance proceeds or for another unlawful purpose. It is a class C felony carrying a punishment of 3-15 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
The arson rises to the level of aggravate arson if there is someone present in the structure you burn or if an emergency worker is seriously injured as a result of the fire. Aggravated arson is a class A felony, the highest felony level, and carries a punishment of 15-60 years in prison and fines up to $50,000.
A vandalism or arson conviction can follow you far into the future. Trust our knowledgeable Murfreesboro Tennessee criminal defense attorneys to aggressively defend you
When facing a criminal charge, it can feel like no one is there for you, on your side, defending your rights and protecting your future. You may feel already condemned in the eyes of others. At Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley, our Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys not only stand by you, but rigorously defend you against all charges. Contact Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley today online, or call 615-893-1331 to schedule a free consultation.