Phoenix Vandalism Law Firm

If you have been accused of illegally damaging or defacing someone else’s property, you will be facing charges of “criminal damage.” You may also be charged with this offense if you have been accused of doing damage in a reckless-driving-related car crash or a burglary. Fortunately, no matter what the specifics of your criminal damage charge, a Phoenix criminal lawyer can help you fight the charges.

Depending on the type of property damaged and the cost of the repairs, this offense may be a felony or a misdemeanor. If the destruction occurred at a church, school or a cemetery, the offense will be a felony. If there was more than $250 in damages, then the crime will also be charged as a felony. Otherwise the offense will be a misdemeanor. If the damage is just over $250, your Phoenix criminal attorney may be able to have the charges reduced in severity.

Whether you or your child have been accused of this crime, it is important to realize how critical a strong defense can be. In adults, the charges can result in jail or prison time and massive fines and when it comes to minors, the offenses could harm their chances of getting into a good job or college after high school. Don’t ever choose to take your chances by just pleading guilty, always work with a top Phoenix criminal lawyer who can help protect your rights, your freedoms and your future.

If the offender was a minor, we will always do whatever possible to have the child entered into a rehabilitation or diversion program rather than risking a detention facility sentence. We will also work to keep the charge off of the child’s record so their future will not be hampered.

In some cases, your Phoenix criminal attorney may even be able to have the charges dropped if you are willing to work with the property owner to repair and pay for the damages done.

If you have any questions, please call our offices today.