§ 18.2-137. Injuring, etc., any property, monument, etc.
First Offense – Class 1 Misdemeanor – Confinement in jail for up to 12 months, or a fine up to $2,500.00 or both penalties and pay restitution.
The level of crime for the destruction of property depends on the intent and the value. If the value is over $1,000.00 then a felony is the proper charge.
These charges can be minimized by working with your attorney to pay for the damage and/or fix the damage. The Commonwealth must prove, not only your intent, but the value of the property destroyed.
The value is determined by the replacement value not the actual value. This can be a tricky charge with many avenues to look at when hiring your criminal attorney.
Source: LIS Virginia Law
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