Rhode Island Vandalism Lawyer Matthew Marin helps clients resolve a variety of Rhode Island local property crime and vandalism charges. Contact our law firm to learn how our familiarity with local Rhode Island court procedures can help you resolve a vandalism charge on favorable terms. In most cases, our goal will be to achieve a dismissal and expungement of the charges which means that your record will remain clean of criminal convictions. In some situations, however, especially if you have a prior record, we'll need to work toward a negotiated plea or be prepared to take your case to trial.
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Vandalism charges in Rhode Island can subject an individual to up to one year in jail, fined up to $1,000, and ordered to perform up to 200 hours of public community service. Oftentimes, people who have never been in trouble before can find themselves arrested and charged with criminal vandalism, often referred to as malicious damage to property. A conviction for vandalism, or malicious damage to property, can leave you with a permanent criminal record that can impact your ability to find jobs, obtain loans or credit, and impact your education. To learn more about our ability to represent your interests effectively in criminal vandalism cases, contact an experienced RI Vandalism Lawyer Matthew Marin.
Rhode Island Vandalism Law
§ 11-44-1 Vandalism – Obstruction of lawful pursuits. –
(a) Every person who shall willfully and maliciously or mischievously injure or destroy or write upon, paint, or otherwise deface the property of another, or obstruct the use of the property of another, or obstruct another in the prosecution of his or her lawful business or pursuits, in any manner, the punishment of which is not specifically provided for by statute, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000) and/or be imprisoned not exceeding one year, and shall be liable to make restitution for the injury or damage caused. Every person convicted of a first offense under this section shall be required to perform up to one hundred (100) hours of public community restitution work, and for a second or subsequent conviction shall be required to perform up to two hundred (200) hours of public community restitution work. Provided, further that every person who shall willfully and maliciously or mischievously injure or destroy or write upon, paint or otherwise deface government property, or obstruct the use of that property, shall be punished in accordance with this statute. Jurisdiction for matters involving government property shall be concurrent with the district court or the respective city or town police or municipal court.
(b) Where the provisions of The Domestic Violence Prevention Act, chapter 29 of title 12, are applicable, the penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties as provided in § 12-29-5.
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RI Vandalism Lawyer Matthew Marin defends individuals facing prosecution for VANDALISM CHARGES throughout Rhode Island including Block Island, Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Johnston, Lincoln, Little Compton, Middletown, Narragansett, Newport, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence, Richmond, Scituate, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, Westerly, West Greenwich, West Warwick, Woonsocket.