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Vandalism is often charged to juveniles or those under the age of 21. While it can also be an adult crime, it is not an offense defined under Alabama law. If you or someone you know has been accused of vandalism or some type of property damage, you will likely be charged with criminal mischief or criminal tampering. The degree of the offense depends on how much damage was done and other circumstances.
To defend yourself and attempt to avoid criminal consequences for these charges, you will need the legal counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Glasscox Law Firm LLC offers a legal team of trial lawyers who have decades of practice in defending individuals of these and all other crimes. Our firm serves individuals throughout Jefferson, Blount, Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Pickens and Tuscaloosa Counties, as well as those attending or working at the University of Alabama.
Criminal Mischief Charges in Alabama
Criminal mischief is a common offense that is either a misdemeanor or felony charge. It is described as an intentional damage to both public or private property – whether tangible or intangible.
Criminal mischief is charged as follows:
- Property damaged in an amount below $500 is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines of up to $3,000
- Property damaged in an amount between $500 and $2,500 is a Class misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year of incarceration and fines of up to $6,000
- Property damaged by explosion or in an amount over $2,500 is a Class C felony punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000
Criminal Tampering Charges in Alabama
Criminal tampering refers to intentionally and illegally interfering with or altering the property of others. It often involves utility, transportation, or communications companies.
Criminal tampering is charged as follows:
- Tampering with the services of a utility company is a Class C felony, punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000
- Tampering with someone else's property or tampering or making a connection with a utility company is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines of up to $3,000
You Can Rely on the Dedication and Integrity of The Glasscox Law Firm LLC
When facing jail or prison time, hefty fines, and the prospect of a permanent criminal record, it is crucial that you rely on lawyers who understand the criminal justice system and how to get favorable results. Our Tuscaloosa vandalism defense attorneys have devoted decades of their practice to defending individuals of all manner of crimes in the local courts. Our successful track record speaks for itself.