Allegations of criminal mischief can impact people of all ages. A current trend on social media referred to as 'devious licks' has juveniles throughout Colorado damaging school property only one month into the new school year. While the popular app has tried to manage the content, alternative hashtags have continued to arise. Acts of vandalism are unlawful throughout Denver, Aurora, and Colorado Springs and can become a felony when the damage value reaches or exceeds $1,000. If your son or daughter has been accused of participating in this concerning trend, Sawyer Legal Group is here to help. Below we discuss juvenile criminal mischief in further detail and how our defense attorneys are prepared to protect your child's reputation and future.
Colorado Juvenile Criminal Mischief Law
Colorado's criminal mischief law prohibits vandalizing property. CRS 18-4-501 addresses the specific details of criminal mischief throughout Denver, Arapahoe, and El Paso County. Law enforcement will look to charge juvenile criminal mischief if they believe your son or daughter:
- knowingly damaged the real or personal property of one or more other persons,
- 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
While some of this trend seems to target school bathrooms, any school property applies. Additionally, part of 'devious lick' includes acts of theft where teens are stealing school property. This offense can also escalate to a felony when $2,000 or more of property is stolen. An item's original purchase price, replacement cost, and salvage value are important factors when it comes to punishment for these offenses.
How Serious is Juvenile Criminal Mischief in Colorado?
While penalties for juvenile criminal mischief aren't what adults face in these cases, the consequences can still be a lot to navigate. Focusing on rehabilitation and accountability for young people, an adjudication can lead to:
- mandatory classes / therapy / counseling,
- community service,
- and restitution
It isn't uncommon for teenagers to face social issues as well after an offense. Rumors and judgement from their peers may lead to further complications and hurdles as they try to return to a sense of normalcy.
Denver's Leading Juvenile Defense Attorney
When it comes to quality, determined representation for Colorado's youth, Sawyer Legal Group is a firm you can trust with your child's future. We've handled hundreds of cases involving teen defendants and our reviews speak for themselves. Perhaps the damage was an accident, your son or daughter wasn't the one who vandalized the property, or another minor is accusing your child out of revenge. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation. We will carefully analyze your child's situation, answer your questions, and suggest next steps in their defense. Our affordable fees and flexible payment plans make strategic representation a reality for Colorado's juveniles facing criminal accusations.
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