About Vandalism Charges
Columbus Vandalism Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested and charged with vandalism, you may not realize the seriousness of the charge. In Ohio, vandalism is a 5 th degree felony offense, with a penalty of up to $2,500 in fines and up to 12 months in jail. When convicted of a felony offense, your life changes due to the restrictions placed on those with a felony criminal record. You may lose your professional license, or if a young person, you may be restricted from entering the field of employment that you were training for. It is crucial that you contact a Columbus vandalism defense lawyer to assist you in defending the case and fighting to avoid the level of punishment that the court has a right to demand.
Vandalism Defense Lawyer in Columbus
At The Koffel Law Firm, the legal team has helped countless individuals who are facing vandalism charges with the defense of the case. In some cases, the legal team makes efforts to negotiate a reduced charged or alternative sentencing. Many vandalism cases involve young people and the Ohio courts are often disposed to treating young offenders differently in criminal cases if alternatives are sought by the defense lawyer from the firm. Each case is unique as to degree of damage as well as the evidence that the prosecutor has against the accused vandal. With a thorough review of the situation, the legal team at the firm can advise you what can be done to defend the case, whether it is seeking alternative sentencing, a reduced charge or defending the case altogether in a "not guilty" plea.
Law enforcement is heavily involved in catching and convicting those who vandalize buildings, cemeteries and other areas, as this has evolved into a problem in Columbus and other areas in Ohio. If you are arrested and charged with this crime, there will be every effort made to convict you and punish you for the crime. It is important that you take steps to defend yourself from the moment of your arrest.
Contact The Koffel Law Firm to discuss your case and how to proceed with your defense.