Possible Penalties for Vandalism in Tennessee
The severity of the punishment is determined by the value of the property damage and other surrounding circumstances. If convicted of the crime of vandalism in Tennessee, possible penalties include:
Property Value below $500
- Charges: Class A misdemeanor
- Fines: Up to $2,500
- Prison Sentence: Up to 1 year in prison
Property Value between $500 and $1,000
- Charges: Class E felony
- Fines: Up to $3,000
- Prison Sentence: between 1 and 6 years
Property Value between $1,000 and $10,000
- Charges: Class D felony
- Fines: Up to $5,000
- Prison Sentence: between 2 and 12 years in prison
Property Value between $10,000 and $60,000
- Charges: Class C felony
- Fines: Up to $10,000
- Prison Sentence: 3 to 15 years in prison
Property Value over $60,000
- Charges: Class B felony
- Fines: Up to $25,000
- Prison Sentence: 8 to 30 years in prison
Tennessee Parental Responsibility Law
Under Tennessee parental responsibility law, a parent may be held financially liable for certain injuries and property damage caused by the conduct or actions of their minor child. Pursuant to Tennessee Code Title 37, Chapter 10, Part 1:
"A parent or guardian shall be liable for the tortious activities of a minor child that cause injuries to persons or property where the parent or guardian knows or should know of the child's tendency to commit wrongful acts that can be expected to cause injury to persons or property."
An individual, corporation, town, village, county, school district, or state entity may recover damages or financial compensation from the parents of a minor child.
Under Tennessee Code section 37-10-102, a parent's liability is limited to $10,000 in "actual damages." The actual damages are the out-of-pocket expenses associated with property damage or injury. It doesn't include non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
How Experienced Legal Counsel Can Help
In Tennessee, the crime of vandalism can result in misdemeanor or felony charges. Defendants charged with vandalism may be facing time in state prison and hefty fines. When defending vandalism charges, having a strong and comprehensive defense strategy that fits your unique situation perfectly is essential.
At the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed, we are committed to defending adults and minors who have been wrongfully accused or are facing vandalism charges. As a knowledgeable and experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney, I will review every detail of your case and carry out a thorough investigation to determine a strategic course of action.