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Destruction of Property, Injury to Animals


Attorney for Defense of Destruction of Property Charge in Virginia Beach

In Virginia, destruction of property may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the intent of the individual to cause the damage, and the value of the damaged property.

In some cases, the damaging of property may be considered “unlawful” rather that “intentional“. For instance, if someone is speeding on the highway and suffers a blown tire, and then veers and hits a parked car, that may be considered an unlawful destruction of property if the speeding is proved to be a factor. In other words, there was no intent to hit the parked car. If, on the other hand, the driver sees the car of someone he doesn’t like and intentionally swerves to hit the car, that is intentional destruction of property.

Destruction of property, whether unlawful or intentional, is usually a misdemeanor charge in Virginia. If, however, the value of the damage in an intentional destruction of property is $1000 or more, the charge may be elevated to a felony. In all destruction of property cases, the court may require the defendant to pay restitution for the damage.

In Virginia Beach, contact Garrett Law Group, PLC to help with your destruction of property matter. In many cases, our criminal defense attorneys can negotiate the charges to be reduced or dismissed. (757) 422-4646. Our defense lawyers are available to talk to you about your case 24/7/365.

Virginia Statutes:

§ 18.2-121. Entering property of another for purpose of damaging it, etc.
§ 18.2-137. Injuring, etc., any property, monument, etc.
§ 18.2-138. Damaging public buildings, etc.; penalty.
§ 18.2-139. Injuries to trees, fences or herbage on grounds of Capitol, or in any public square.
§ 18.2-140. Destruction of trees, shrubs, etc.
§ 18.2-141. Cutting or destroying trees; carrying axe, saw, etc., while hunting.
§ 18.2-143. Pulling down fences or leaving open gates.
§ 18.2-144. Maiming, killing or poisoning animals, fowl, etc.
§ 18.2-144.1. Prohibition against killing or injuring police animals; penalty.
§ 18.2-144.2. Prohibition against making a false representation of ownership of an animal to an animal shelter or pound; penalty.
§ 18.2-145. Protection of homing pigeons.
§ 18.2-145.1. Damaging or destroying research farm product; penalty; restitution.
§ 18.2-146. Breaking, injuring, defacing, destroying or preventing the operation of vehicle, aircraft or boat.
§ 18.2-147. Entering or setting in motion, vehicle, aircraft, boat, locomotive or rolling stock of railroad; exceptions.
§ 18.2-147.1. Breaking and entering into railroad cars, motortrucks, aircraft, etc., or pipeline systems.
§ 18.2-147.2. Devices for puncturing motor vehicle tires.
§ 18.2-148. Bona fide repossession under lien.
§ 18.2-149. Injury to hired animal, aircraft, vehicle or boat.
§ 18.2-150. Willfully destroying vessel, etc.
§ 18.2-151. Opening or carrying away pumps, etc., used for dispensing gasoline, etc.
§ 18.2-152. Stealing from or tampering with parking meter, vending machine, pay telephone, etc.