Criminal Damage

Criminal Damage

Domestic Violence Criminal Damage (13-1602) is a criminal offense in Arizona that involves intentionally or recklessly damaging or destroying property belonging to a person with whom the offender has a domestic relationship.

Under Arizona law, a domestic relationship includes spouses, former spouses, persons who are currently or were previously residing together in a romantic or sexual relationship, persons who share a child, and other closely related individuals.

To be charged with Domestic Violence Criminal Damage, the prosecution must prove that the offender acted intentionally or recklessly, and that the damage or destruction caused to the property was substantial. Examples of such damage may include breaking windows, damaging furniture, or causing damage to a vehicle.

The offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the property damaged and the offender’s prior criminal history. For damage exceeding $1,000, the offense is typically charged as a felony, while damage below $1,000 is generally charged as a misdemeanor.

A first offense misdemeanor conviction for Domestic Violence Criminal Damage can result in a sentence of up to 6 months in jail, and a fine of up to $2,500. A felony conviction can result in a prison sentence of up to 3.75 years, and a fine of up to $150,000.

In addition to criminal charges, a person who is found guilty of Domestic Violence Criminal Damage may also be subject to a restraining order, mandatory counseling, and other court-mandated requirements.

If you are facing charges of Domestic Violence Criminal Damage in Arizona, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your legal options and potential defenses. It is also important to take any accusations of Domestic Violence seriously, as the consequences of a conviction can be significant and long-lasting.