Property crimes are taken seriously, and we take them serious as well. Property crimes involve a wide range of criminal conduct, such as theft, burglary, robbery, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and arson. See Tex. Pen. Code Ann. title 7, Chapters 28-35.
If you are charged with a property offense, be sure to hire an attorney who will fight for you and ensure the best result.
A person commits the offense of criminal mischief if, without the effective consent of the owner, he intentionally or knowingly damages or destroys the tangible property of the owner. See Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 28.03 (West 2019).
Penalties for Criminal Mischief Offenses
While other factors and circumstances may contribute to the penalties you face upon conviction for a criminal mischief crime, the value of the damaged property is the primary determinant as to how a guilty verdict or plea will impact your future. Under the Texas Penal Code, criminal mischief crimes and their penalties are generally classified as follows:
- Property worth less than $100: a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500,
- Property worth between $100-$750: a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in the county jail and a fine of up to $2,000,
- Property worth between $750-$2,500: a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and a fine of up to $4,000,
- Property worth between $2,500-$30,000: a state-jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000,
- Property worth between $30,000-$150,000: a third-degree felony punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000,
- Property worth between $150,000-$300,000: a second-degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, and
- Property worth $300,000 or more: a first-degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Speak with a Texas Property Charges Defense Attorney Today
While property offenses may be common offenses, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious one. Don’t take chances with your future if you find yourself facing charges for a Hays, Guadalupe, or Comal County criminal mischief offense. Call the Law Office of Case J. Darwin today to arrange for your free initial consultation to discuss your situation. We will treat you with respect, listen to your story, and formulate a strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.
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