Atlanta, Ga. – A local fast food restaurant employee has been arrested after allegedly getting into a fight with a coworker.
The fight allegedly resulted in the first employee purposefully striking the second employee with her vehicle. Officers reported that they arrested the woman on charges of aggravated assault as well as criminal damage to property.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the less commonly seen offense – criminal damage to property in the state of Georgia.
Criminal Damage to Property in Georgia
There are two degrees of criminal damage to property as defined by law. Georgia Law defines the offense of first degree criminal damage to property as:
A person commits the offense of criminal damage to property in the first degree when he knowingly and without authority interfere with any property in a manner as to endanger human life; or knowingly and without authority and by force or violence interfere with the operation of public communication, public transportation, sewerage, drainage, water supply, gas, power, or other public utility service or with any constituent power thereof. O.C.G.A. §16-7-22.
A criminal damage to property in the first degree conviction in Georgia is classified as a felony, and the punishment will be a prison term between one and ten years.
Georgia Law defines the offense of second degree criminal damage to property as:
A person commits the offense of criminal damage to property in the second degree when they intentionally damage any property of another person without their consent, and the damage, therefore, exceeds $500.00; or recklessly or intentionally, by means of fire or explosive, damages property of another person. O.C.G.A. §16-7-23.
A criminal damage to property in the second degree conviction in Georgia is also classified as a felony, and the punishment will be a prison term between one and five years.
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