In Arizona, the crime of criminal damage occurs when a person either intentionally or recklessly damages or defaces the property of another. Depending on the value of the property damaged, the prosecution pursues either a felony or misdemeanor charges.
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The level of offense for a charge of criminal damage is based on the value of the property.
Graffiti is one of the most common reasons for criminal damage charges. Courts will include labor costs, material costs, and costs associated with the equipment used to get rid of the graffiti to determine damages. Jail time is also likely for these offenses. Other related offenses can include trespassing, burglary, and arson.
Another common type of criminal damage occurs when a person is driving while impaired and causes an accident. For example, after a driver runs over a stop sign, the prosecutor could argue that the driver’s reckless actions caused the damage to the stop sign.
Criminal damage is also often charged as a domestic violence offense. In these situations, the defendant partially owns the damaged property. If a husband breaks a dish during an argument, he could face criminal damage charges because the wife also owns the dish.
Many defenses are possible — a violation of your Miranda rights, a lack of intent to cause damage, and more. Get an experienced lawyer on your side to fight for you.
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If you have been charged with a DUI, drug charge, sex crime or any serious criminal offense, let an experienced defense team fight for you. Schedule a consultation with one of our partners today. Call (480) 562-3482 or send an email.