Not all crimes are against people. Crimes against property can range in severity from a minor misdemeanor to a serious felony charge. The severity of a property related charge will be dependent on the monetary value of the damage inflicted. If you have been charged with criminal damage then your legal situation may be more serious than you think. Contact Bretton Barber today to speak with a Phoenix criminal defense attorney. Our lawyer is ready to assist you.
Aggressive defense lawyer representing Phoenix area defendants charged with criminal damage
The charge in a property damage case is based upon the amount of damage caused. Criminal damage will be charged as a class two misdemeanor if the damage has a value of less than $250. If more than $250 worth of damage is caused then the matter will be charged as a felony. Punishments will increase if the charges involve damage done to a school, place of worship, cemetery, or construction site. If the charge is a misdemeanor then it will be heard in either Municipal or Justice Court. If the matter is a felony then it will be heard in Superior Court. Hiring a defense lawyer can make the difference between one having their charge dismissed or receiving a permanent record.
Bretton Barber is an aggressive defense lawyer who assists Phoenix residents charged with criminal property damage. Bretton will immediately obtain the arrest reports, witness states, security footage, and other records relevant to your case. If an eyewitness’ testimony lead to your arrest then Bretton will, if feasible, file to exclude the testimony of the witness. Quite often, defendants will have made incriminating statements to the police out of not understanding the severity of the situation. Bretton will file to exclude any such statements under one’s Miranda rights. Bretton is fully prepared to take your case to trial if necessary. You are facing a criminal charge and our attorney devotes his practice to protecting the rights of the accused. In addition to Phoenix we represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.
Phoenix attorney representing those accused of reckless burning and arson
The most serious type of property crime are charges in which a person is accused of damaging property by setting a fire. The mildest of these charges are reckless burning, which refers to accidentally causing a fire which led to property damage. The most dire of the charges is arson of an occupied structure. This means that a person purposefully set fire to a building that was occupied with people at the time. Arson of an occupied structure is a class two felony that can lead to significant prison time. Bretton Barber aggressively defends those who are accused of arson related crimes. If you have been arrested on suspicion of arson you need an attorney who will work for you and with you. Contact our office today for a consultation.