If you have been charged with domestic vandalism in Rhode Island, you should contact the RI Domestic Vandalism Lawyers at the Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm right away. You are facing a criminal conviction with a sentence including hundreds of dollars in fines, up to 100 hours of community service, probation, and up to one year in jail. When a Police Department charges vandalism as a domestic violence crime, a criminal conviction carries mandatory attendance at a lengthy Batterers Intervention Program appropriate to address the violent behavior.
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Understanding Domestic Vandalism Charges in Rhode Island
Domestic vandalism is a criminal offense in Rhode Island that involves intentionally damaging or destroying the property of a family or household member. Under Rhode Island General Laws § 11-44-3, 'Every person who shall willfully and maliciously injure or destroy or write upon, paint, or otherwise deface the property of another, or obstruct the use of the property of another, the damage to the property being in excess of one hundred dollars ($100), shall be guilty of vandalism.' The charge can result from various actions, including graffiti, breaking windows, or damaging furniture. The penalties depend on the extent of the damage and the defendant's criminal history.
Potential Consequences of a Domestic Vandalism Conviction in Rhode Island
A conviction for domestic vandalism in Rhode Island can result in severe consequences, including fines, probation, and even jail time. The penalties often depend on the value of the property damage and any prior convictions. As stated in Rhode Island General Laws § 11-44-3, 'Any person found guilty of vandalism shall, upon conviction, be punished by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both.' A misdemeanor charge typically involves damages less than $500, while a felony charge is for damages over $500. The Rhode Island Judiciary's website provides more information on the potential consequences of a conviction.
Why Choose the Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm as your Defense Lawyers
When facing domestic vandalism charges, you need a skilled and dedicated defense lawyer on your side. Our legal team has extensive experience in defending clients against domestic vandalism charges. We understand the complexities of Rhode Island law and work diligently to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. We provide personalized attention, strategize the best defense, and fight aggressively for the best possible outcome in your case.
RI DOMESTIC 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.