Destroying or damaging property is a criminal offence. If you are charged with destroying or damaging property, you will need to go to court.
Most destroy or damage property cases are heard in the Local Court. If the damage caused cost less than $2,000, the maximum penalty in the Local Court for destroying or damaging property is 2 years imprisonment and a $2,200 fine.
Higher penalties apply if:
At court you will need to tell the court if you are pleading guilty or not guilty. You might have other options too, like negotiating with the police, or making a Section 14 application (a mental health application).
If you plead ‘not guilty’, the police will need to provide you with all the evidence they have against you before the hearing date.
If there is video evidence, such as CCTV footage, you might be able to view this at the police station before you enter a plea at court. You will need to speak to police to arrange this.
For more information on going to court, see Going to court.
If you have been charged with destroying or damaging property, you should get legal advice.
If you are charged with destroying or damaging property, police will need to prove: