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Although damaging someone else's property is a "nonperson" offense in Kansas, you will nonetheless face serious penalties if you're convicted of this crime. Depending on the value and type of property damaged, as well as the manner in which it was damaged, you can face either misdemeanor or felony charges.

For the tough defense you need, contact the Gigstad Law Office today. Our firm is solely focused on criminal defense cases, giving our Overland Park criminal defense attorney the knowledge and experience necessary to obtain the best possible results for our clients. When you hire our firm, you can expect dedicated, tireless representation from a lawyer who isn't afraid to stand up and fight.

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What is Considered Criminal Property Damage?

In Kansas, there are essentially two conditions under which you can face charges of criminal property damage. First, you cannot intentionally damage, vandalize, or otherwise impair the use of property that you no right to damage. Second, you cannot damage any property for fraudulent purposes, such as defrauding the lien holder or collecting insurance.

If you've been accused of either of these two offenses, the charges against you will be influenced by the value of the property in question:

  • Damages to property worth more than $25,000 is a severity level 7 nonperson felony, which means you could face between 11 and 13 years in prison.
  • For property worth less than $25,000, but more than $1,000, the crime is a severity level 9 nonperson felony, punishable by 5 to 7 years behind bars.
  • Damage to property valued at $1,000 or less will subject you to a Class B nonperson misdemeanor charge, which carries a potential jail sentence of up to 6 months.

When Arson Causes Property Damage

While the statutes discussed above cover the vast majority of criminal property damage cases, damaging property via arson will typically subject you to more severe penalties than would otherwise apply. If the arson was aggravated, meaning the property was occupied or the arson led to great harm for a firefighter or law enforcement officer, the charges will be even more severe.

Choose Tough, Skilled Representation

Property damage is a highly serious crime in Kansas, and a conviction can lead to years, if not decades behind bars. For this reason, it's crucial to choose a tough Overland Park criminal defense attorney if there is even the possibility of charges being filed against you. At Gigstad Law Office, our highly skilled lawyer is focused solely on criminal defense, and works tirelessly to defend the rights and freedom of our clients.

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