DAMAGE OF PROPERTY


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Damage of Property

If any person:

  • intentionally destroys, defaces, damages, or removes
  • without the intent to steal any property, real or personal,
  • he shall be guilty of destruction of property.

Intentional destruction of property is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine, either or both. Representation by criminal defense attorney is always recommended.

If any person unlawfully destroys, defaces, damages, or removes without the intent to steal any property, real or personal, not his own, or breaks down, destroys, defaces, damages, or removes without the intent to steal, any monument or memorial for war veterans, not his own, described in § 15.2-1812; any monument erected to mark the site of any engagement fought during the Civil War, or any memorial to designate the boundaries of any city, town, tract of land, or any tree marked for that purpose, he shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor, provided that the court may, in its discretion, dismiss the charge if the locality or organization that owns or is responsible for maintaining the injured property, monument, or memorial files a written affidavit with the court stating it has received full payment for the injury.

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