Property damage is a criminal offense that may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the facts of the case.  Anyone who is accused of the destruction of property should consult with an experienced Kansas City criminal defense lawyer right away.  At The O'Connor Law Firm we know a conviction can result in fines, restitution, even loss of your freedom if sentenced to jail.  You must take action immediately in an effort to protect your legal rights, freedom, and future.

Preserve your rights with a Kansas City property damage criminal defense attorney

If you are subject to an arrest for a crime, there are several points you should know. You should always request that your property damage defense attorney be present before you speak to the police, and that is your right. Never state aloud or sign any kind of confession, as this information can and will be used by the prosecution against you. No matter what, always contact a Kansas City criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are arrested. You need to know your rights and have an attorney present or providing advice during the initial stages of the event as well as during questioning or interrogation. In most cases, the police miss or ignore evidence as well as facts that can be used to your advantage. Many times, they gather only the information they need to file charges against you. Remember, the police and prosecution are not on your side. Even if you feel your case is not defendable, an evaluation is critical because often times police, investigators and witnesses make mistakes that can be used to your advantage.
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Misdemeanor and Felony Property Damage Charges in Missouri

Property damage can occur in any number of ways.  For instance, a person could damage a window or door in an attempt to break in and commit burglary.  Another scenario could be an angry boyfriend or girlfriend smashing the other one's windshield with a crowbar.  Regardless of the severity of the alleged crime, the prosecutor must prove beyond a doubt that the damage did not already exist, and the defendant did in fact cause or inflict the damage.

Felony property damage occurs when a person inflicts damage that amounts to more than $750.  This is generally charged as a class D felony, which means those found guilty will face penalties that include fines of up to $5,000 and/or a maximum of four years in prison.  Individuals who intentionally damage property in an effort to defraud the insurance company may be charged with first-degree class D felony property damage.

Misdemeanor property damage is referred to as second-degree, and is typically charged as a class B misdemeanor which leaves those convicted facing a fine of up to $500 and/or a maximum of six months in jail.  This charge usually applies in cases where the property damage is valued at less than $750.

In many cases the punishment is less severe for individuals who can pay for the damage incurred.  Every case is different; as with other criminal charges, people are often wrongly accused.

Contact The O'Connor Law Firm Now

While property damage is certainly not as serious a criminal charge as many other offenses, you could still find yourself facing jail/prison time, fines, restitution, and damage to your reputation and career if convicted.  It is essential to consult with a skilled and qualified Kansas City criminal defense attorney before you speak with police or answer questions.  At The O'Connor Law Firm we work diligently to protect our clients' legal rights and reach the best possible result.  Contact us now for a free consultation at 816-842-1111.