Most vandalism or criminal mischief cases are charged as misdemeanors.
If more than $1,500 worth of property is damaged, the case may be charged as a felony. In either case, it’s important to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to keep the charge from resulting in a permanent criminal record.
Providing criminal defense is something I take very seriously. I know I am holding your future in my hands.
Some may say it’s “just boys being boys”, but law enforcement officials and district attorneys say otherwise. If you or a loved one is facing charges of criminal mischief, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney capable of winning criminal trials in Georgia courts.
At the law office of Edward Adams, we are committed to defending the rights of juveniles throughout Georgia, including Atlanta metro areas. Edward Adams, has over 30 years experience in criminal trial law. I understand how the prosecution approaches criminal mischief cases and can help.
Don’t let a one-time mistake ruin your good name. If you are facing charges of criminal mischief it is important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
When a underage child is charged with vandalism or defacing of property a parent of a minor child may be ordered to pay fines resulting from their child’s vandal behavior under a “parental liability” theory.
It would benefit you and your child to call me to keep the charges to if not a minimum but to possibly get all charges dropped.
In Georgia the fine for vandalism is $500 or more depending on circumstances. Jail is 1 year and probation is 3 years.
I offer a free case evaluation please go to the page and provide me with the information about your case so I can help you.
Vandalism is an offense that occurs when a person destroys or defaces someone else’s property without permission. Effects of vandalism may include broken windows, graffiti, damage to vehicles.
Vandalism is a broad category crime that is used to describe a variety of behaviors. Generally, vandalism includes any willful behavior aimed at destroying, altering, or defacing property belonging to another.
Common behaviors that may lead to a vandalism charge include:
In addition, a person who possesses the means to commit vandalism, including possession of a drill bit, glass cutter, or other substance, may also face vandalism charges under certain circumstances (for example, a person under eighteen who carries a can of spray paint at a park or on school grounds).
If YOU HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF A CRIME BUT HAS NOT YET BEEN CHARGED, CALL US IMMEDIATELY. WE MAY BE ABLE TO PREVENT THE FILING OF FORMAL CHARGES.
Crimes are crimes committed by individuals. Many attribute the rise in crime to the increased availability of street drugs, growing levels of poverty, and inadequate prevention and intervention programs in schools.
I do provide criminal defense for adults. If you have gotten in trouble with the law feel free to go to my free case evaluation and submit your case to me to review. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Crimes are separated into two separate groups, felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are those crimes punishable by imprisonment of one year or less, and include crimes like DUI, resisting arrest without violence, loitering and prowling, and disorderly intoxication.
Felonies and misdemeanors are then further broken down by degrees. The break down into degrees is used to differentiate the level of severity of a particular type of crime. Given that explanation, the analysis of the different level of crimes is easy.
Misdemeanors a lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail time for up to one year. Typical misdemeanors include: petty theft, disturbing the peace, simple assault and battery, drunk driving without injury to others, drunkenness in public, various traffic violations and public nuisances.
Felonies are those crimes punishable by imprisonment of more than one year. They include rape, murder, robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and some ‘white collar’ crimes.
Capital crimes are those select crimes viewed as the most heinous and the most severely punished. Capital crimes are punishable by death. That doesn’t mean that every person convicted of a capital offense will be sentenced to death.
1st Degree Offenses are punishable by imprisonment of not more than 30 years in most circumstance.
Second degree offenses are next and consist of crimes punishable by no more than 15 years in prison.
Third degree offenses carry a punishment term of five years or less. Common examples are assault, battery, theft, fraud and various drug possession charges.
I have practiced criminal defense since 1983. I have represented defendants charged with every imaginable crime including murder!
As a Criminal Defense Attorney in Atlanta I have seen prosecutors walk away winning many cases due to the fact that the defendant was not represented with competent criminal defense lawyer. I know the laws and the procedures to stop that from happening to your case.
Before you go anywhere else, please go to my FREE case evaluation form and fill it out or feel free to call me 404.584.5060.
I promise the turn around in hearing from me is short lived because I know you need legal advice.
Everyone is entitled to a defense. This is ingrained in our psyche.
But it is not universally accepted.
It is important to understand the court system in georgia, your rights as a US citizen and what are the base charges there are for your case.
Misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance DISMISSED
Felony Possession of Controlled Substance 5 YRS PROBATION
Misdemeanor Driving while license suspeneded DISMISSED
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