Most people believe graffiti, vandalism and destruction of property are minor charges, but in Texas, if the damage done is over $1,500 in value, the crime will be a felony. Even when the crimes are minor, these illegal activities, charged collectively as "criminal mischief," still cost the city millions of dollars a year. For this reason, the state and city are always very motivated to charge criminal mischief suspects to the full-letter of the law. If you have been accused of these crimes, please speak with a skilled Houston criminal attorney.
While most people consider criminal mischief to be a juvenile crime, many adults commit these acts as well. Juveniles may tend to do graffiti more, but adults who vandalize their ex's cars or homes are just as guilty of the crime -and the property value tends to be more extensive in these cases. If you are being charged with felony criminal mischief, your Houston criminal lawyer may be able to show the damage done to the property falls just below the $1,500 mark that makes the crime a felony. Your crime defense in Houston may also attempt to negotiate a plea bargain with the defense to have the charges reduced to a misdemeanor.
Minors charged with the crime may be required to spend time in a juvenile detention facility and the conviction may affect their chances of entering a good college or job after high school. Adult offenders will be required to pay expensive fines and may be force to spend time behind bars. Your Houston criminal attorney will do everything possible to fight the charges and to get you the minimum possible sentence if you are convicted.
In some cases, Houston criminal lawyer Alan Cohen may work with the property owner to arrange an agreement that will result in their not pressing charges. These agreements generally will involve your agreement to repair and pay for the damage. This option is not always available, so ask Cohen during your consultation.
Call Alan Cohen today at 713-623-4828 to set up an intial consultation.
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