Criminal mischief is defined as 1) intentionally or knowingly destroying tangible property owned by another person; 2) intentionally or knowingly tampering with the tangible property of another person and causing pecuniary loss or substantial inconvenience to the owner or a third person; or 3) intentionally or knowingly making marks, including inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings, on the tangible property of another person.

Criminal mischief is a class C misdemeanor if the amount of pecuniary loss is more than $100.00, but less than $750.00.  It is a class A misdemeanor if the amount of pecuniary loss is more than $750.00, but less than $2,500.00, or the person committing the criminal mischief causes in whole on in part impairment or interruption of any public water supply, or causes to be diverted in whole, in part, or in any manner, including installation or removal of any device for any such purpose, any public water supply, regardless of the amount of pecuniary loss.  Criminal mischief is a state jail felony if the amount of pecuniary loss is more than $2,500.00, but less than $30,000.00, or if the damage is less than $2,500.00 but the property damaged or destroyed is a habitation and if the damage or destruction is caused by a firearm or explosive weapon.  It is a third-degree felony if the amount of pecuniary loss is more than $30,000.00, but less than $150,000.00.  It is a second-degree felony if the amount of pecuniary loss is more than $150,000.00, but less than $300,000.00.  It is a first-degree felony if the amount of pecuniary loss is more than $300,000.00.

Criminal mischief can be a very serious charge.  You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you, and to ensure that your rights are protected.  The Arlington criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC will fight to ensure that your rights are protected during this trying time.  We will use our years of experience and knowledge to make sure that the police followed all legal procedures when preparing and filing the charges against you.  We will investigate fully the allegations made against you, and the person making the allegations to prepare the best defense for you against the charges.  If working together and examining the evidence, you determine that it is in your best interest to have a jury hear your case, we will defend you aggressively and make sure that the jury hears your side of the story.  If we determine together that it is in your best interest to accept a plea offer from the district attorney, we will work hard to ensure that you receive the best deal possible.  Victory in a criminal defense case can mean many different things, and the Arlington criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC are committed to pursuing the best course of action for your situation.  If you find yourself being charged with assault, please call the criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC at 817-841-9906.

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