Damaging or defacing another person’s property is a significant crime in Arizona. If you have been charged with criminal damage anywhere in Arizona, your first step should be contacting a reputable, experienced criminal defense attorney well-versed in Arizona law, such as Van Norman Law.
Criminal damage defendants could face misdemeanor charges and even felony charges, depending on the type of property that was damaged. If convicted, you might have to pay large fines as well as the cost of repairs, and you might have to serve prison time as well.
Arizona law ARS 13-1602 states that a person commits criminal damage by:
Arizona law ARS 13-1604 covers the following aggravated criminal damage crimes:
For crimes under both ARS 13-1602 and ARS 13-1604, the penalties depend on the economic value of the damage incurred. The higher the damage amount, the worse the potential penalty.
If you or a loved one were wrongly accused of criminal damage in Scottsdale, you need a qualified criminal defense lawyer who has your back. The expert team at Van Norman Law has over 30 years of experience defending criminal cases in Arizona. Call us today to talk about your case, your options, and the best course of action to get your charges reduced or dropped.