Arlington Criminal Mischief Defense Attorneys
The legal term for vandalism, the act of damaging someone's property or vehicle, is called criminal mischief in Texas. It is often a juvenile crime, which may include such acts as:
- Smashing mailboxes
- Using spray paint to deface someone's property
- Slashing car tires
- Breaking windows
- Keying an automobile
- Damaging or destroying school property
- Damaging someone's house
Most vandalism or criminal mischief cases are charged as misdemeanors. If more than $2,500 worth of property is damaged, the case may be charged as a felony. In either case, it's important to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to keep the charge from resulting in a permanent criminal record.
In many cases, complainants can be persuaded not to file charges if you pay restitution for the damage. These negotiations are best handled by your defense lawyer.
Trespassing is gaining entry to someone's property without the owner's permission. It differs from burglary in that the person charged did not intend to steal anything.
Free consultation: If you have been charged with vandalism or trespassing in Texas, contact a board-certified criminal defense attorney at Ball & Hase in Arlington. In an emergency, call 817-412-7449. We answer calls 24 hours a day.