Houston Criminal Mischief Attorneys
In the state of Texas, criminal mischief is generally the term applied to intentional acts that damage someone else’s property or tamper with property such that it causes financial loss or substantial inconvenience. The charge of criminal mischief can be applied to a wide range of actions that vary significantly in severity, with potential charges ranging from a Class C misdemeanor to a first degree felony.
With potential penalties as steep as this, anyone facing charges of criminal mischief cannot afford to take chances with their defense. The attorneys at Sampson & Bové, LLC understand the effects that being convicted of criminal mischief can have on your life and freedoms, and our entire legal team wants to fight to help you mount a strong and aggressive defense against these charges.
Criminal Mischief Charges in Texas
Based on the type of property in question and the value of damage inflicted, criminal mischief charges can vary significantly in severity. In Texas, individuals may find themselves facing any of the following charges:
Class C Misdemeanor: individuals may face a Class C misdemeanor if property damage is valued at less than $50;
Class B Misdemeanor: individuals face a Class B misdemeanor charge if financial damage is more than $50 but less than $500;
Class A Misdemeanor: individuals may face a Class A misdemeanor charge for financial damage more than $500 but less than $1500, or if their actions in any way cause damage to or the interruption of public communication, public gas, or the public power supply, even if the damage is valued at less than $1500;
State Jail Felony: an individual may be charged with a state jail felony for damage that is more than $1500 but less than $20,000, for damage valued at less than $1500 but that affected a fence that contained certain livestock, or for damage to or destruction of a habitation that involved the use of a firearm or explosive;
Third Degree Felony: individuals may face third degree felony charges for damage valued at more than $20,000 but less than $100,000;
Second Degree Felony: individuals may face second degree felony charges for damage valued at more than $100,000 but less than $200,000;
First Degree Felony: individuals may face a first degree felony charge for any damages valued at more than $200,000.
With such a wide range of charges that could potentially be filed against you, you need to make sure that you have an experienced attorney who is intimately familiar with these charges on your side.
Let a Houston Criminal Mischief Attorney Help You
Individuals accused of criminal mischief could find themselves facing criminal charges as serious as those reserved for violent offenders, and such charges require an equally serious defense. Protect your rights and freedoms today by contacting Sampson & Bové, LLC at (713) 337-1420.