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.