Vandalism / Criminal Mischief
Vandalism and Criminal Mischief | Personal Injury Lawyer for Metro Houston
Damaging a home or vehicle, tampering with someone’s property or tagging a wall with spray paint are generally considered vandalism. In Texas, law enforcement officials and prosecutors treat vandalism as a criminal mischief charge. Texas law defines criminal mischief as intentionally or knowingly causing—without the owner’s consent—damage to property, tampering with property or marking or painting graffiti on property.
Texas statutes cover three crimes: criminal mischief, graffiti and reckless damage or destruction. The penalties for criminal mischief range from a $500 fine to a $10,000 fine, plus two years in state prison.
- Class C criminal mischief covers a loss of less than $100 and is punishable by a $500 fine.
- Class B criminal mischief covers a loss of $100-$749 and is punishable by a $2,000 and 180 days in jail.
- Class A criminal mischief covers a loss of $750-$2,499 and is punishable by a $4,000 fine and up to one year in jail.
- State jail felony criminal mischief covers a loss of $2,500-$30,00 and is punishable by a $10,000 fine by up to two years in state prison. Damage to a livestock fence is also considers a state jail felony criminal mischief.
Legal Help Against Vandalism and Criminal Mischief Charges
If you have been charged with vandalism or criminal mischief in Metro Houston, contact the law offices of Michael Lamson immediately for a free, no-obligation review of the facts in your case. Our team can review the angles of defense that will help your vandalism and criminal mischief case. The prosecuting attorney must demonstrate to the court that the defendant had intent and knew that his activity had damaged or tampered with the property. A defendant may be charged, however, with reckless damage without intent. The law office of Michael Lamson, P.C., has represented victims in personal injury cases since 1977, and we are ready to help you, too.
Fighting Charges of Vandalism and Criminal Mischief in Houston, Texas
A defendant may be charged with other crimes in addition to criminal mischief. This is why it is important to have a reputable vandalism and criminal mischief attorney review the entire case. Get connected with the law office of Michael A. Lamson, P.C., Houston, for a free, no-obligation consultation to assess your vandalism and criminal mischief case. The Texas law office of Michael Lamson provides legal services to the following communities and jurisdictions for cases involving vandalism and criminal mischief:
- Northwest Houston
- Brazoria County
- Fort Bend County
- Harris County
- Montgomery County
- Federal cases for U.S. District Courts