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Criminal Damage

Criminal Damage Lawyer

Have you or someone you know been accused of committing criminal damage? Our Criminal Damage Solicitors offer specialist legal advice and representation to anyone facing such accusations.

A conviction for criminal damage can significantly impact your future, potentially affecting job prospects and causing considerable stress, especially if it's your first encounter with the legal system.

Given the seriousness of the situation, securing legal representation promptly is essential. Our team of Defence Lawyers specialises in handling cases of criminal damage since 1998, offering extensive experience and expertise to support you throughout the legal process.

To speak with a member of our team, call today or fill out our contact form for a callback.

Understanding Criminal Damage

Criminal damage occurs when a person destroys or damages property belonging to another without lawful excuse. Damage need not be permanent; it merely needs to affect the property's performance or value.

For instance, breaking a fencing panel in anger constitutes criminal damage. Importantly, damage need not be intentional; accidental damage, such as breaking a window while playing with a ball, can also lead to criminal damage charges if the risk of damage was foreseeable.

Penalties for Criminal Damage

Penalties for criminal damage vary based on the extent of the damage:

  • Minor criminal damage, involving damage valued at less than £5,000, carries a maximum sentence of six months' imprisonment plus compensation.
  • Criminal damage exceeding £5,000 in value carries a maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment, along with compensation for the victim.

Criminal damage cases are heard in both magistrates' and crown courts, with the location determined by the extent of the damage.

Given the potential severity of the sentences, obtaining effective legal representation is crucial. Our team of specialist criminal damage solicitors will advocate for you from the outset, ensuring a robust defence is established. We prioritise close collaboration with you, offering comprehensive advice and ensuring a thorough understanding of your case.

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