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Damaging another person’s property may have serious consequences

When you are involved in an emotionally-heated situation with someone close to you, your anger could cause you to act irrationally. And in some cases, if you and an ex are upset with each other, any variety of allegations could result.

According to recent news reports, a contestant from the Miss Hooters Tennessee pageant faces charges of vandalism and aggravated burglary for allegedly destroying her ex-boyfriend’s house after he broke up with her. However, while you might be familiar with the allegations she faces, you may wonder whether you fully understand the state’s vandalism laws.

What does “property damage” include?

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) could arrest you for committing an act of vandalism if they believe you damaged someone else’s property in a way that reduced its value. Depending on the situation and value of the damage you cause, you could face a felony.

According to Tennessee’s laws, property damage could include:

  • Using chemicals or toxins to taint merchandise, with the intent to decrease its value or make it unsaleable
  • Causing inconvenience or financial loss to a property owner by tampering with their property
  • Polluting, destroying or contaminating property

Naturally, every situation is different. However, if you are charged with a property damage crime, you could face consequences which include a criminal record, financial penalties and years in prison.

Regardless of your situation while faced with serious accusations, you still have rights. And a seasoned criminal defense attorney can protect those rights while helping you determine the best course of action for your future.

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