ARSON & CRIMINAL DAMAGING OFFENSES

Arson and Criminal Damaging offenses can have serious penalties and have multiple forms. Most of these offenses deal with causing damage to property. However, if one of these offenses results in physical harm to a person, the penalties generally increase. Offenses in this category include:

  • Aggravated Arson and Arson;
  • Criminal Damaging;
  • Criminal Mischief;
  • Possession of Criminal Tools;
  • Vandalism.

ARSON

Arson is the act of damaging property by means of fire or explosion.  Ohio law classifies arson in two forms: AGGRAVATED ARSON and ARSON. The difference depends on the amount of damage caused to the property, whether persons were injured, among other things.

AGGRAVATED ARSON possible penalties:

  • F1 (felony of the first degree)
  • F2 (felony of the second degree)

ARSON possible penalties:

  • F3 (felony of the third degree)
  • F4 (felony of the fourth degree)
  • F5 (felony of the fifth degree)
  • M1 (misdemeanor of the first degree)

CRIMINAL DAMAGING

Generally, causing damage to property is a crime. CRIMINAL DAMAGING addresses this conduct.  It's illegal to knowingly cause physical harm to another's property. As with other property offense, the penalty largely depends on the amount of damage caused to the property, and whether persons were injured.

CRIMINAL DAMAGING possible penalties:

  • F4 (felony of the fourth degree)
  • F5 (felony of the fifth degree)
  • M1 (misdemeanor of the first degree)
  • M2 (misdemeanor of the second degree)

Criminal Mischief

The offense of CRIMINAL MISCHIEF is similar to Criminal Damaging. It's illegal to knowingly, and without privilege to do so, move, deface, damage, destroy, or otherwise tamper with the property of another.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF possible penalties:

  • F4 (felony of the fourth degree)
  • F5 (felony of the fifth degree)
  • M1 (misdemeanor of the first degree)
  • M3 (misdemeanor of the third degree)

Possession of Criminal Tools

A “criminal tool” is any article, substance, device, or instrument that could be used in criminal manner.  POSSESSION OF CRIMINAL TOOLS make it illegal to use -- you guessed it -- or possess a tool for a criminal purpose. Thus, it is illegal for an individual to possess or have under the person's control any substance, device, instrument, or article, with purpose to use it criminally.

POSSESSION OF CRIMINAL TOOLS possible penalties:

  • F5 (felony of the fifth degree)
  • M1 (misdemeanor of the first degree)

Vandalism

VANDALISM is the act of causing physical harm to occupied structures, the property of another, government property, cemeteries and similar sites. In addition to Vandalism, VEHICULAR VANDALISM makes it a crime to drop or throw an object onto a moving vehicle.

VANDALISM possible penalties:

  • F3 (felony of the third degree)
  • F4 (felony of the fourth degree)
  • F5 (felony of the fifth degree)

VEHICULAR VANDALISM possible penalties:

  • F2 (felony of the second degree)
  • F3 (felony of the third degree)
  • F4 (felony of the fourth degree)
  • M1 (misdemeanor of the first degree

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