Phoenix Criminal Damage Attorney
What is Criminal Damage?
If you are charged with criminal damage, it means that you have allegedly:
- Recklessly defaced or damaged another's property
- Recklessly tampered with another's property (causing significant damage
to function or value)
- Inscribed any sign or symbol on a public or private building without permission
The above are the most common causes of a criminal damage charge, though
there are others. These types of crimes can be charged as a felony or
misdemeanor, depending upon the dollar amount of the damage caused.
If you or someone you know has been charged with either felony or misdemeanor
criminal damage, it is very important that you contact an experienced
criminal defense lawyer. You could be forced to spend time in jail and
you could also be facing steep fines if you are convicted.
Criminal Damage Imprisonment in Phoenix
$10,000+ worth of damage - Class 4
Felony - up to 3.75 years in prison.
$2,000 - $10,000 worth of damage - Class 5
Felony - up to 2.5 years in prison.
$1,000 - $2,000 worth of damage - Class 6
Felony - up to 2 years in prison.
$250 - $1,000 worth of damage - Class 1
Misdemeanor - Up to six months in jail.
Less than $250 - Class 2
Misdemeanor - Up to four months in jail.
You could face the maximum punishment and maximum imprisonment if you have
a previous criminal record or if the charges are termed "aggravated."
It is in your best interests to speak immediately with a Phoenix criminal
defense lawyer who has experience handling criminal damage cases successfully.
The legal team at Knowles Law Firm, PLC is highly knowledgeable in many
areas of criminal law. Your attorney will work tirelessly to help you
achieve the outcome that you desire.