Arguments, fights, disagreements—they happen in nearly every relationship. But, sometimes, they escalate and cause unnecessary consequences in Denver or Arapahoe County. In fact, a story I read this morning was about a man wrongly accused of Criminal Mischief after a supposed fight. He was said to have slammed his friend's car door and kicked in the front quarter panel. The damage was near $660. But, after a jury trial, the defendant was found not guilty. According to the court documents, the accused man had been sitting inside of his friend's car when the alleged situation happened. Let's look more closely at Criminal Mischief charges in Denver and across Colorado.
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Criminal Mischief in Adams and Jefferson County
Criminal Mischief, C.R.S. 18-4-501, charges are filed in Adams County and Jefferson County when someone “knowingly damages the real or personal property” of one or more people, including “property owned by the person jointly with another person or property owned by the person in which another person has a possessory or proprietary interest, in the course of a single criminal episode”.
Consequences of a Criminal Mischief Conviction in ColoradoAggregate Damage Dollar Amount Class of Criminal Mischief Sentence for Criminal Mischief Less than $500 Class 2 Misdemeanor Criminal Mischief 3-12 months in the Adams County Jail $500 or more, less than $1,000 Class 1 Misdemeanor Criminal Mischief 6-18 months in the Arapahoe County Jail $1,000 or more, less than $20,000 Class 4 Felony Criminal Mischief 2-6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections $20,000 or more Class 3 Felony Criminal Mischief 4-12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections
Criminal Mischief Charges Are Extreme in Denver
In the case of the accused man, perhaps the two friends were arguing and one of them called the police. The court documents stated the accused was inside of the vehicle when the alleged door slamming happened. This makes it likely the friend was lying about the defendant causing damage to his car. After all, the jury was able to find the defendant not guilty after just 13 minutes. There are many other cases where Criminal Mischief charges are extreme. Perhaps a husband and his wife are arguing one night and the wife throws an item across the room. It then knocks over and shatters a vase. In addition to possible Domestic Violence charges, the wife could be charged with Criminal Mischief. Because the vase is owned jointly by her and her husband, it would qualify as Criminal Mischief.
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It's not difficult to be falsely accused of Criminal Mischief. Police often overcharge Criminal Mischief in Denver and El Paso County. You should always consult an expert criminal lawyer if facing charges of Criminal Mischief. In some cases, an expert defense attorney can get your case dismissed altogether. We fight hard for justice. Contact our law office today.
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