Criminal damaging of property refers to inflicting damage or destroying property belonging to someone else. In Nevada, to maliciously destroy someone’s private property means to purposely injure or destroy it. Nevada does not distinguish between real and personal property when charging someone with this crime.
What Is Felony Malicious Destruction of Private Property in Nevada?
Felony malicious destruction of private property is the unlawful act of destroying or injuring property belonging to another. What makes it a felony crime is the value of the property. A person accused of a felony is accused of causing at least $5,000 worth of damage to the property.
Can I Be Found Guilty of Damaging Property If I Did Not Do It on Purpose?
No. Nevada only makes it a criminal act when someone willfully or maliciously destroys private property. To willfully destroy property means that the person injured or destroyed property on purpose. To maliciously destroy property means the person damaged the property with an evil intent
What Is the Penalty for a Felony Malicious Destruction of Property in Nevada?
The felony version of malicious destruction of property is a category C felony. The penalty for this crime is:
- One to five years in state prison
- $10,000 fine
- Both a fine and prison time
- Possible restitution to the victim
Can My Felony Charge of Destroying Property Be Reduced to a Misdemeanor?
To find out if you can get your felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor charge, ask a criminal lawyer. The circumstances will determine if it is possible.
Should I Hire a Lawyer to Represent Me Against My Destruction of Property Charge?
Legal representation is essential when you are facing a felony. Contact a Nevada lawyer immediately to determine available defenses and how to resolve this case.