Criminal Defense

Criminal Damage: ARS 13-1602

Criminal Damage in Arizona: ARS 13-1602

Our Criminal Damage Attorneys Can Help You:

Our Goal is to win your criminal damage case. We understand how stressful the court system can be. We also have represented many clients who were wrongfully arrested. We understand that the police can rush to judgment and fail to fully understand a situation before they make an arrest. A split second decision by a police officer can result in huge consequences for someone arrested with criminal damage.

We have been representing good people who have been charged with criminal damage for over two decades. Our attorneys have appeared in virtually every court throughout the state. In many cases, we can appear for you for the beginning of the court process. This means that you can concentrate on your work and family while we represent you in court.

When we go to court for a criminal damage case, we conduct a thorough investigation. We will obtain all the records of your arrest, including video if it is available. We conduct exhaustive interviews, looking for any type of violation of the rules of criminal procedure. We will see if there is sufficient evidence to contact and arrest our client. If there is a violation of law, we will file motions to dismiss or suppress evidence.  In short, we will do everything we can to win.

Our firm offers a free consultation for criminal damage cases in Arizona. Please keep in mind that criminal damage is usually charged as a Class 1 Misdemeanor.  This means that the maximum jail sentence is six month.  For most cases, however, people convicted of criminal damage do not serve jail time at all. Do not panic when you see the penalties for felony cases. The vast majority of people charged with felony criminal damage do not go to prison.

As you continue to read the information on this page, we urge you to stay calm and positive. If you have any questions at all, you can always give us a call and we would be happy to help you better understand the process.

Criminal Damage Defined: ARS 13-1602

  • Recklessly defacing or damaging property that belongs to another individual. This includes community property. A husband can be charged with criminal damage if he destroys a door in his house–so long as the door is jointly owned with his wife.
  • Tampering with property so as to substantially impair its value.
  • Damaging the property belonging to a utility.
  • Parking a vehicle to as to deprive livestock of water.
  • Recklessly writing or drawing graffiti on the side of a building without the permission of the owner.
  • Intentionally tampering with the property of a utility.

Criminal Damage Penalties:

The penalties depend on the value of the destruction of property. Here are the amounts and class of felony.

  • $10,000 or more for a class 4 felony
  • $5,000 AND the property is owned by a public utility OR the damage created a safety hazard to others
  • Otherwise:
  • $2,000 to $10,000 is a class 5 felony
  • $1,000 to $2,000 is a class 6 felony
  • $250 to $1000 is a class 1 misdemeanor
  • Less than $250 is a class 2 misdemeanor

Criminal Damage is a crime in Arizona which can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. It can be very helpful to have a criminal defense attorney help you because of the fact that very small differences in damage valuation can have the most profound impact on the consequences you may face. While the crime can carry with it almost 4 years in prison, criminal damage charges may be resolved with diversion program or deferred prosecution agreements.

For misdemeanor cases, a misdemeanor compromise deal may also be available depending on certain circumstances. In other words it means that in some cases, the criminal charges can be erased completely if the accused person either completes educational classes and/or pays a fine or both.

At Alcock and Associates, PC, we have had the wonderful opportunity of being able to represent and win hundreds of criminal cases in Arizona, including criminal damage charges. CLICK HERE TO SEE A LIST OF OUR VICTORIES. If you have any questions about criminal damage in Arizona and you would like to speak with a criminal defense attorney, please do not hesitate to call us at 602-989-5000 for a free consultation.

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Phoenix AZ 85004