As with other Property Crimes, property damage charges will become more severe as the value of the damaged property increases. Depending on the criminal history of the accused, specifically whether the accused has prior property crimes convictions, these charges and the associated penalties can intensify, causing convicted offenders to possibly have to serve years in prison and be saddled with a criminal record that can haunt them for the rest of their lives.
The Denver property damage defense attorneys at the Adams Law Firm are highly skilled legal experts with vast experience in defending the rights of those accused of any type of property crime. Because we can work diligently to review police reports and witness statements, gather evidence for the defense and prepare to weaken the prosecution’s case, our Denver property damage defense lawyers are extremely effective at helping the accused aggressively assert his rights at every stage of the legal process. While our primary goal is to help get the charges against our Clients reduced or, if a possibility, dismissed altogether, our defense attorneys will work tirelessly to help our Clients secure the best possible outcomes to their cases.
Property Damage Charges, Convictions and Penalties
In general, Colorado property crimes laws define property damage according to whether it is:
Criminal mischief, intentionally damaging property that belongs to another party or is co-owned by the accused and another party. While a Class 2 or 1 misdemeanor charge will be filed if the property damaged is valued at less than $500 or between $500 and $1,000 (respectively), a Class 4 or 3 felony charge can be filed if the damaged property is valued at between $1,000 and $20,000 or at more than $20,000 (respectively). In the worst cases of Class 3 felony charges, the offender can face up to 24 years in prison.
Defacing property, lesser charges of property damage, such as vandalism or graffiti, that qualify as criminal mischief. Typically, defacing property charges are Class 2 misdemeanors that can be punishable by up to 12 months in jail and fines up to $1,000.
If you or a loved one has been charged with any property crime, make sure you have the strongest possible defense, and contact our Denver property damage defense attorneys by emailing us or calling us at (720) 333-9490.
Why Hire Us
When facing any type of criminal charge, the accused will want to secure the strongest possible defense representation in order to reduce the chances of conviction, the possibility of having to submit to harsh sentences and the chances of having a permanent criminal record.
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