A criminal damage charge could have many different consequences. Depending on the dollar amount of property damage, a person can be charged with either a felony or misdemeanor. Either way, if convicted of criminal damage, a person may be sentenced to jail or prison, probation, restitution and ordered to pay a fine. Additionally, a person can be charged with domestic violence criminal damage. If convicted of domestic violence criminal damage, not only will a person be sentenced according to criminal damage guidelines, their criminal record will forever have a criminal violence designation, which will carry negative connotations. Moreover, a conviction for domestic violence criminal damage will preclude a person from possessing a firearm and may preclude them from becoming a licensed teacher.
Experience is Important For Your Defense
The outcome of criminal damage cases vary depending on the jurisdiction. There are some jurisdictions that have harsher penalties than others. When hiring an attorney to fight your criminal damage charge, it is important for the attorney to have experience in your particular jurisdiction.
Matthew Lopez is an experienced criminal defense attorney representing clients in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, as well as throughout the State of Arizona who have been charged with criminal damage. We have exceptional rapports with prosecutors and are able to work with prosecutors and judges to help provide the best possible results for our clients charged with criminal damage. There are many defenses to a criminal damage charge; therefore, it is important to hire an attorney early so that we can begin investigating your case.
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If you have been charged with criminal damage in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler or anywhere in Arizona, contact our office to schedule a consultation.