Vandalism is defined as the act of destroying or damaging someone else’s property or obstructing a person’s use of his or her property in some way. There are a variety of acts that fall under the category of vandalism, including but not limited to: spray painting graffiti on public property, breaking someone’s window, keying or egging a car, and slashing someone’s tires. Any one of these acts could leave you facing a vandalism charge in the state of Rhode Island.
Vandalism is a also costly crime for states because they have to spend a lot of money to clean up vandalism committed on public properties. It also results in a lot of distress for the victim of the crime. For those reasons, it’s a very serious crime that comes with some hefty penalties should you be convicted.
Penalties for Vandalism in Rhode Island
Under Rhode Island law, vandalism is considered a misdemeanor offense. If convicted, you could face expensive fines of hundreds of dollars, jail time, and even community service. In fact, a first time offense for graffiti could land you 100 hours of community service and you could get as much as 200 hours for subsequent offenses. Rhode Island does not take acts of vandalism lightly. In some cases, the person who committed the vandalism may be required to clean-up, repair, or replace any damages that were made. The owner of the property that was vandalism may also seek restitution, causing even more legal drama.
Have You Been Accused of Vandalism?
If you or someone you know has been accused of vandalism in the state of Rhode Island, you need to consult with an attorney right away. Many will attempt to take on these charges alone by representing themselves in court, but that will not get you the best results. Having an experience lawyer by your side is essential if you want to stand a chance at getting the charges lowered or even dropped. There are defenses that can be used against vandalism in a court of law, which a great lawyer will be able to devise. Defenses could include accident, mischief, or even creative expression.
Kensley Barrett is a Rhode Island vandalism attorney who is experienced in dealing with a variety of criminal charges. If you hire him, he will investigate your case and put together a strategy to help you get the best results possible in the courtroom. With a confident and skilled attorney by your side, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing you have someone fighting for your rights.
If you’re interested in discussing your case with Kensley Barrett, you can schedule a free consultation with him today. This is a no-obligation consultation that will give you the opportunity to discuss your case and determine what the next step should be for you. To schedule your consultation, contact our office today to set up an appointment at the earliest convenience. There’s no time to waste because getting an attorney involved sooner, rather than later, will yield the best results for you.