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Can criminal property damage be considered as vandalism if the person was home?

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"You could be facing an Ohio Vandalism charge if you knowingly cause physical harm to an occupied structure or its contents"

A drunk neighbor came into my house at 4am and drunkenly broke my $1500 laptop. When I press charges, what will this fall under?

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This could be charged as vandalism, or even burglary. The prosecutor has wide discretion.


Most likely trespass and criminal damaging. I doubt the prosecutor will try and increase this to a felony. They could charge it as Breaking and Entering, Vandalism, Criminal Damaging, Disorderly Conduct, possibly even Burglary (although that is a stretch).

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