Based in Lexington, criminal defense attorney Dan Carman represents clients facing mischief charges in Central Kentucky and throughout the state. He is dedicated to building the best possible defense for every client depending on the unique circumstances of each case, and he offers a free initial consultation to help you get started. Discuss your situation with a skilled Kentucky defense lawyer today by using this convenient online inquiry form or calling (859) 685-1055.
Attorney Dan Carman has wide-ranging experience from when he served in the United States Marine Corps as defense counsel, prosecutor, legal assistance attorney, and in-house counsel for an infantry battalion. This experience gives him valuable insight into both sides of the legal process, which can be very beneficial to those charged with crimes. He knows how the Kentucky criminal justice system operates and will properly handle your case every step of the way.
Kentucky Criminal Mischief Laws
Criminal mischief crimes generally involve any type of damage to someone else’s property, including alteration, destruction, or defacement, and may be used to refer to acts of vandalism. Examples include throwing a rock through a window of a neighbor’s house, kicking in a door on a rental property, spraying graffiti on a bridge, and slicing the tires on someone else’s car. Although it may seem like a relatively minor offense, a criminal mischief offense has the potential to endanger others and to interfere with public services.
If the value of the damage is more than $1,000, it is considered a Class D felony. Such crimes are punishable by one to five years in jail and $10,000 in fines. If the value of the damage is between $500 and $1,000, the charge would be second-degree criminal mischief, which is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail. The least serious criminal mischief offense is criminal mischief in the third degree, which involves less than $500 in damage. Such a Class B misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of $250 and up to 90 days in jail.
Defense of Criminal Mischief Charges
If you are questioned about property damage, call an attorney immediately. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can investigate the facts of your case, examine the appropriateness of the police investigation, and look for evidence that weakens the case against you. Perhaps you have been wrongfully accused and did not cause the alleged damage. Perhaps you did damage the property, but you did not do so intentionally.
Whatever the situation, Lexington, KY defense attorney Dan Carman understands that sometimes good people find themselves in bad situations. He will listen to your side carefully and help you make informed decisions regarding the best course of action. If you were charged with criminal mischief, you are facing jail time, fines, and conviction on your record.
Don’t gamble with your freedom by trying to handle it yourself.
A criminal conviction can have lifelong implications. The Carman Law Firm offers thorough, experienced representation and aggressive defense. Call today at (859) 685-1055 or fill out this online contact form.