Mr. Barkemeyer provides defense represeantation to those charged with Criminal Mischief and Criminal Damage to property in St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Contact Mr. Barkemeyer to discuss your case.
The criminal charge of Criminal Mischief in St Tammany Parish is a misdemeanor offense that carries a sentencing range of 0-6 months in jail. Criminal Mischief can include a variety of illegal conduct such as: intentionally keeping the owner of property from enjoying full use of his property, pulling a fire alarm falsely, making a false report with law enforcement, not leaving a place of business afetr being asked to by the owner, and shooting a firearm at a train, and others. This charge is not like a traffice ticket. It can stay on your record and affect your reputation unless handled properly.
The crime of Simple Criminal Damage to Property can be either a misdemeanor or feony offense. Criminal Damage to Property is charged when facts support that there exists damage to the property of the victim, except by fire, when the offender intended the damage. If the damage is less than $500 worth, the charge will be a misdemeanor punishable by 0-6 months in jail. If the value of the damage is over $500 but less than $50,000, the charge becomes a felony with a sentenceing range of 0-2 years in prison and/or a a fine of up to $1,000. If the value of the damage is over $50,000, the offender could be looking at 1 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Additionally, a judge may order the offender to reimburse the vitcim for the damage. This charge gets worse as the value increases.
The charge of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property is a more serious charge. It involves the intentional damage to the property of another, without thier consent, when it is foreseeable that someone could get hurt. This charge carries a sentencing range of 1 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. This means that the defendant would have to do at least a year in prison if convicted.
There are some defenses to these charges. The damage must have been done intentionally. The prosecutor must be able to prove to a judge or jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to damage the property of another without thier consent. For example, if someone is accused of "keying" the victim's car, but no eyewitnesses exist, the prosecutor may have issues with proof. The defendant may have walked by the care, but grazed the car accidentally, while holding his keys.
If you or someone you know has a Criminal Property to Damage charge in St Tammany Parish, contact us at 985-888-0009.