Adams County Lawyer for Criminal Mischief
In Adams County, Colorado, Criminal Mischief (C.R.S. 18-4-501) is also referred to as the Property Damage or Vandalism statute. How much damage determines which class of crime will be charged. If there is less than $500.00 damage, it will be charged as a class 2 misdemeanor. However, if the damage is $20,000.00 or more, Criminal Mischief is charged as a much more serious class 3 felony. These are the extremes, and there are varying levels of charges in between. Because it can quickly become a serious felony, it is important to have your best defense possible put forward by an experienced lawyer.
Criminal Mischief Part of Multiple Charges in Denver County
Criminal Mischief is a crime that will often get charged along with other crimes. For instance, I once saw a story about a Denver, Colorado man that was being charged with Domestic Violence (C.R.S. 18-6-800.3), False Imprisonment (C.R.S. 18-3-303), Third Degree Assault (C.R.S. 18-3-204), and Criminal Mischief (C.R.S. 18-4-501) all over a single altercation with his girlfriend. As she was driving away after their argument, the man threw a rock at her car. The rock not only injured his (former?) girlfriend, but it broke her car window.
Property Damage in Arapahoe County
Criminal Mischief is charged as a separate crime when someone’s property is damaged in Arapahoe County. Like the story above, since a window was broken, the charge was added. It is important to remember that if you have an argument with your spouse and you decide to take your anger out on “your own” dishes, you may be charged with this crime, simply because the dishes may actually belong to both of you. Co-ownership of property qualifies it as “property of another”.
Jefferson County Vandalizing Charges
It is common for a juvenile in Aurora or Lakewood to be charged with Criminal Mischief when they are arrested for vandalizing property. Kids will often get in trouble when playing pranks or horsing around. Often a night on the town with a can of spray paint will turn into a nightmare for a high achieving student and her parents. It’s not just the fine or the possibility of doing community service in Jefferson County that creates a problem. It is usually the issues surrounding a criminal record that matter the most.
Charged With Criminal Mischief in Douglas County
If someone in your family has been charged in Weld or Douglas County with Criminal Mischief, call the law office of O’Malley and Sawyer. We know how to talk with prosecutors and how to bring about the best possible result in your case. So, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.