Property damage charges can arise from various situations, ranging from minor acts of vandalism to more severe cases of destruction. In Colorado, these charges are typically classified under “Criminal Mischief.” Depending on the extent of the damage and other factors, individuals may face either misdemeanor or felony criminal mischief charges.
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Misdemeanor Criminal Mischief
Misdemeanor criminal mischief charges are generally associated with less severe property damage. Common examples of misdemeanor criminal mischief include graffiti, minor vandalism, or damaging property worth a relatively small amount of money.
Key characteristics of Misdemeanor Criminal Mischief:
- Damaging property valued at less than $1,000.
- Typically classified as a Class 2 or Class 3 misdemeanor, depending on the value of the damage.
- Penalties may include fines, restitution to the property owner, probation, or a short jail sentence.
It is important to note that while misdemeanor criminal mischief is considered a less serious offense, a conviction can still result in a criminal record, potential employment and housing challenges, and other long-term consequences.
Felony Criminal Mischief
Felony criminal mischief charges are reserved for more substantial property damage cases. These offenses involve causing significant harm or destruction to property, leading to more severe legal consequences.
Key characteristics of Felony Criminal Mischief:
- Damaging property valued at $1,000 or more.
- Can be classified as a Class 6 to Class 2 felony, depending on the extent of the damage and other factors.
- Penalties may include substantial fines, restitution, and the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence.
Felony criminal mischief convictions can have a profound impact on an individual’s life, including the potential loss of certain rights, employment opportunities, and social stigma associated with a felony record.
Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony criminal mischief charges, a strong legal defense is crucial to protect your rights and minimize the potential consequences.
Berken & Cloyes, PC, is dedicated to providing effective legal representation for individuals facing property damage allegations. Our experienced attorneys will work to investigate the evidence, challenge the prosecution’s case, and explore all available legal options to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.
If you or someone you know is facing charges of property damage in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Boulder, Loveland or any nearby area,, it is essential to seek immediate legal counsel.
We are here to provide you with the support and legal representation you need during this challenging time. Contact us today at (303) 623-4357 for a confidential consultation to discuss your case, understand your rights, and explore potential defense strategies.