Criminal Damaging or Endangering Criminal Defense Attorney

The possible penalties for criminal damaging or endangering can be severe.  There are different levels of severity of a criminal damaging or endangering charge - and these levels of severity carry different maximum possible jail sentences.  An ordinary charge of criminal damaging or endangering is a 2nd degree misdemeanor, which has a maximum possible jail term of 90 days.  If the violation creates a risk of physical harm to anyone, then the criminal damaging or endangering charge is a 1st degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum possible jail term of 180 days.  If the criminal damaging offense occurred on city owned property, or near a school then the offense carries a mandatory minimum imprisonment term of 30 days in jail.

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If you have been charged with criminal damaging or endangering, then the best time to hire a criminal defense attorney is before your arraignment.  You can contact an attorney at Harris and Engler today by calling (614) 610-9988.

Columbus City Code 2309.06 - Criminal Damaging or Endangering


The criminal offense of "criminal damaging or endangering" is defined in the Columbus City Code.  Columbus City Code Section 2309.06 provides as follows:

(A) No person shall cause, or create a substantial risk of physical harm to any property of another without his consent:

(1) Knowingly, by any means;
(2) Recklessly, by means of fire, explosion, flood, poison gas, poison, radioactive material, caustic or corrosive material, or other inherenty dangerous agency or substance.

(B)(1) Whoever violates this section is guilty of criminal damaging or endangering, a misdemeanor of the second degree.  If violation of this section creates a risk of physical harm to any person, criminal damaging or endangering is a misdemeanor or the first degree.
(2) If the offense occurred on city owned property, in a school building, on school premises, or within one thousand (1,000) feet of the boundaries of school premises, then the court shall impose a mandatory term of imprisonment of at least thirty (30) days, which shall not be suspended, shall be a period of consecutive imprisonment, and during which mandatory minimum term of imprisonment the defendant shall not be eligible for probation, house arrest, or work release.

(C) This section shall not apply if the property involved in a violation of this section is an aircraft, an aircraft engine, propeller, appliance, spare part, or any other equipment or implement used or intended to be used in the operation of an aircraft and if the violation creates a risk of physical harm to any person or if the property involved in a violation of this section is an occupied aircraft.
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