Wisconsin Criminal Damage to Property

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Criminal Damage to Property Defense Attorneys in Madison, WI

Criminal Damage to Property: Understanding Penalties and Defense Strategies in Wisconsin

Criminal damage to property is classified as a significant property crime within Wisconsin, subject to a spectrum of penalties that vary in severity. This offense can escalate to being charged as a domestic violence crime, depending on the specific details of the incident. The classification of the charge, whether as a misdemeanor or a felony, hinges on the unique circumstances and facts of each case. Notably, an experienced and assertive criminal defense lawyer may successfully negotiate for the charge to be reduced to a forfeiture, thereby eliminating the possibility of criminal consequences.

Defined under Wisconsin Statute 943.01, criminal damage to property entails intentionally inflicting damage to someone else’s physical property without the owner’s permission. The act of causing such damage, whether minor or substantial, can lead to serious legal repercussions if convicted.

Given the complexity of these charges and the potential for significant impacts on your future, it’s crucial to seek skilled legal representation. DK Anderson, S.C., specializes in aggressive defense tactics that can effectively challenge the allegations against you, aiming for the most favorable outcome. Our expertise encompasses a broad range of scenarios, including those that could potentially be charged under domestic violence statutes. Contact us to safeguard your rights and navigate the complexities of Wisconsin’s legal system.

Criminal Damage to Property Attorneys in Madison, WI

The defense attorneys at DK Anderson, S.C. have represented many individuals charge with damaging property across Southern Wisconsin. Our attorneys know the courts and the law. We can help guide you through the process and defend against these charges. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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What the State must prove to convict you of Criminal Damage to Property

The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt all of the  elements of the crime charged. They must prove that you: 

  1. Caused damage to physical property;
  2. Intentionally caused that damage;
  3. The property damaged belonged to another person;
  4. Caused the damage without the consent of the owner of the property; and
  5. Knew the property in question belonged to another person and that person did not consent to the damage.

Damage includes anything from defacement to total destruction. In order to “intentionally” damage the property you must have had the mental purpose to damage the property. Or alternatively if you were aware that your conduct was practically certain to cause that result.

Felony Criminal Damage to Property

A felony can be charged if the damage to the property results in a loss of value more than $2,500. Additionally, if any of the following facts or circumstances are alleged a felony may be charged:

  1. Damage to a vehicle or highway and is of a kind which is likely to cause injury to a person or further property damage;
  2. Property belonging to a public utility or common carrier and the damage is of the kind which is likely to impair the services of the public utility or common carrier;
  3. Property belonging to a person who is, or was, a juror and the damage was caused because of any verdict or indictment which the owner was involved in deciding;
  4. The property is on certain state-owned land and is listed on a registry;
  5. The property is “rock art” on the national register of historic places in Wisconsin; or
  6. Property is plant material used in research.

A felony criminal damage to property will also be charged if in an attempt to steal money from a machine that is operated by coin, currency, or credit or debit card that machine is damaged.

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