Dallas Criminal Mischief Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been involved in any type of criminal mischief it is important to know and understand the potential offenses you are dealing with.
In Dallas, criminal mischief crimes are generally defined as intentionally damaging another person’s property. Types of damage are commonly referred to as destruction, alteration, and defacement; while the offenses associated with these damages often include minor dealings such as graffiti or vandalism, or more serious crimes such as the destruction of property.
Criminal Mischief Dallas
The following conducts can result in being charged with criminal mischief in Dallas under the Tex. Penal Code § 28.03:
- Purposely or knowingly damaging or destroying another person’s tangible property.
- Intentionally or knowingly tampering with the owner or another person’s tangible property causing financial loss or substantial inconvenience.
- Cause physical damage to the tangible property that belongs to someone else by purposely marking, drawing, painting, inscribing on, or marking a slogan.
Penalties for Criminal Mischief
If convicted with criminal mischief, your offenses may range from something as simple as a misdemeanor to a more serious felony offense depending on the destruction or property damage value. As defined in Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code, here is a quick rundown of the penalties you may face with a criminal mischief offense:
Class C Misdemeanor – A fine of up to $500 can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $50, or causes substantial inconvenience to another being.
Class B Misdemeanor – A fine of up to $2,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 180 days can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $500 but at least $50 or more.
Class A Misdemeanor – A fine of up to $4,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to one year can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $1,500 but at least $500, or your criminal mischief offense causes impairment or disruption of any public water supply.
State Jail Felony – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $20,000 but at least $1,500 or more; less than $1,500, but a home was damaged through the use of an explosion weapon or firearm; less than $1,500, but a fence used to hold livestock, game animals, or poultry was destroyed or damaged; or less than $20,000, but your criminal mischief offense caused public communications, gas power supply, transportation, or any other public service to be impaired or disrupted.
Felony of the Third Degree – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence from two to ten years can be charge to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $100,000 but at least $20,000.
Felony of the Second Degree – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence from two to twenty years can be charge to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $200,000 but at least $100,000 or more.
Felony of the First Degree – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence from five to 99 years or life imprisonment can be charge to you if the financial loss amounts to $200,000 or more.
Criminal Mischief Representation and Defense
Even though criminal mischief might not seem like a major offense, the fact that the damages have the possibility of putting peoples’ lives at risk and disrupting public/private property, this makes criminal mischief a much more serious crime, especially as the damage values increase.
For this reason criminal mischief charges should not be taken lightly and it is important to have an aggressive and experienced Dallas criminal attorney working with you to build the best possible defense for your case.
If you or a loved one is dealing with a criminal mischief offense, contact us today to schedule in your free consultation.