What are the charges for intentionally breaking someone’s phone?

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What are the charges for intentionally breaking someone’s phone?

The person has already been arrested. How much will the bail be? Do they have to go to court? Will they possibly go to jail?

Asked on April 13, 2012 under Criminal Law, Illinois

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Typically a charge for destruction of property would be in order from the brief fact description that you have written. Depending upon the value of the telephone ($200 or more is a felony typically) destroyed a misdemeanor or felony can be charged.

If the person causing the vandalism has been arrested, he or she has to go to court to be araigned. Bail is set by the court. For damage to an item less than $500 or so bail ordinarily is $5,000 or less. Given the circumstances of how the phone was intentially destroyed, jail and a fine could be the sentence if the person charged with the crime is convicted of it.


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