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Criminal Damaging or Endangering

Criminal damaging or endangering in Ohio is a serious criminal charge, encompassing a wide range of offenses.

Criminal damaging or endangering is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2909.06) as any individual who created a substantial risk of physical harm to another person’s property without out their consent if either of the following circumstances applies:

  • It was done knowingly;
  • It was done recklessly, by fire, explosion, flood, poisonous gas, radioactive materials, caustic or corrosive materials, or any other dangerous substance.

If you are convicted of criminal damaging or endangering, the resulting penalties you might face are based on the severity of the facts and circumstances of your case.

If the damage that was caused only involved property without the consent of the owner, then you will face a second-degree misdemeanor. This entails up to 90 days in jail and up to $750 in fines.

If the damage that was caused posed any risk of physical harm or danger to anyone in addition to the property involved, then you will face a first-degree misdemeanor. This entails up to 6 months in jail and fines of up to $1,000.

If the damaged property that was involved is an aircraft or related device and also poses a risk of physical harm to another individual you will face a fifth-degree felony. This entails up to 12 months in jail and fines of up to $2,500.

If the damaged property that was involved is an aircraft or related device and also poses a substantial risk of physical harm to another individual you will face a fourth-degree felony. This entails up to 18 months in jail and fines of up to $5,000.

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Criminal charges can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. You are probably worried about your freedoms and privileges being at stake and have a lot of questions. You can rest assured, because the Cincinnati Criminal Defense team is here for you. Get the justice that you deserve. Don’t hesitate to contact us today at or email us at advice@cincinnaticriminalattorney.com.
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