Dallas Criminal Mischief Lawyer

Criminal mischief is a criminal charge you could be facing, if you’re accused of destroying another person’s property.  Likewise, you can be charged with criminal mischief if it’s alleged that your conduct has caused someone else’s property to suffer a reduction in value.  Criminal mischief can be either a felony or misdemeanor, depending upon the alleged loss of value to the item you’re alleged to have damaged or destroyed.  If the loss alleged is less than $50, you can be charged with class C misdemeanor criminal mischief, which is punishable by a fine only of up to $500 (i.e., you cannot receive jail time on a class C misdemeanor criminal mischief charge).  If the alleged loss is between $0 and $500,

You can be charged with criminal mischief, if it’s alleged that you’ve destroyed someone else’s property, or engaged in conduct that has somehow reduced its value.  The seriousness of any given allegation of criminal mischief is determined, in part, by the extent to which you’re alleged to have reduced the value of the damaged property.  Generally speaking, criminal mischief can be a Class C misdemeanor, punishable only by a fine of up to $500, if the loss in value is less than $50.  However,if the amount of loss is alleged to be greater than $200,000, criminal mischief can also be a first degree felony, with a penalty range of 5 to 99 years or life in prison, and up to a $10,000 fine.  In certain cases, as indicated in the statute referenced below, slightly different rules as to valuation apply (e.g., if an explosive device was used).

If you’ve been arrested or charged with criminal mischief, you need experienced legal counsel.  You should call Berlof & Newton, P.C.  We are seasoned criminal defense lawyers who want to help you with your case.  Free consultation.  Call our attorneys now at (214) 494-8990, or contact one of our lawyers directly using the “Get Legal Help Now!” form in the left margin of this web page.  Se habla español.