Criminal Property Damage
What is criminal property damage?
This charge has a wide variety of legal names and common descriptions. It is a common charge in cases of vandalism, road rage, or domestic disputes where tempers flair and things get broken.
Legal terms in different states that refer to criminal property damage include:
- Criminal Damage
- Criminal Mischief
- Injury to Property
- Malicious Damage
- Malicious Destruction of Property
- Malicious Mischief
- Willful Malicious Destruction
- and more..
No matter what happened, you need to evaluate all the possible consequences that can result from a criminal conviction. You may think it was a childish or minor offense, but the result could affect your future in ways you haven’t considered.
If you are accused of any criminal charge, you could be facing a permanent criminal record that could appear on any background check. A criminal record can change how people think of you, and can impact future jobs, apartment rentals, scholarships, and much more.
In addition, if the incident that resulted in property damage was allegedly related to a domestic situation, you can be subject to domestic violence charges and restraining order restrictions. These cases get complicated very quickly.
Legal Defense Strategies for Criminal Property Damage
There are absolutely things we can do to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed, and avoid any criminal record.
The primary goal of most property damage victims is restitution. They want the damage fixed, repaired, or replaced. So there may be a plea deal to be had if that can happen. And any deal that eliminates a criminal record is usually the right move.
If the damage was a result of a personal dispute, particular in a domestic relationship, hurt feelings can be a a real problem. Not to mention that any domestic violence related charge is complicated by the stigma of that word, “domestic”. Sometimes counseling, anger management classes and training, or substance abuse programs, if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident.
Of course, every case is different, and no result is guaranteed. But it is always worth a detailed exploration of the facts of your case with a lawyer trained and experience in criminal court practice and negotiations.
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Please contact us to speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer, with experience in property damage cases, for help in defending yourself against these accusations.
There are always options. Don’t let a youthful indiscretion (by you, or your child or loved one) or a moment of anger and lashing out lead to a permanent criminal conviction that can follow you for life! Find out what all your legal defense options are in a case evaluation with an experienced attorney.
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