Property damage offenses are simple in that individuals can be charged with property damage based on damaging property of another. However, the severity of the charge is not so simple. Property damage charges can range from municipal ordinance violations to misdemeanors to a Class B felony. One main factor in determining the severity of the charge is the value of the damaged property, and that issue is not always cut and dry, either, because the relevant value is the fair market value of the item. This factor can make the difference between an individual being charged with a municipal ordinance violation or a felony, so it is important to consult with a lawyer familiar with Missouri’s property damage laws.
Not only is it important to consult with a lawyer, but also, it is important to speak to a lawyer who will fight for you. Choose a lawyer that will analyze the evidence, assess your property damage case, and thoroughly discuss it with you. Through analyzing, assessing, and discussing your case, a good criminal defense attorney will be able to develop strategies to attack your case.
The Lowry Law Firm’s criminal defense lawyers are familiar with Missouri’s property damage laws and frequently handle property damage cases. They will analyze evidence, assess your case, and discuss it with you to allow you to make the most informed decision. Because they know how local prosecutors and judges treat property damage offenses, they consider that in their analysis. For example, individuals may be treated differently in St. Louis County than in Jefferson County for property damage, and the Firm’s criminal defense lawyers will take that into account. Most importantly, the Firm’s criminal defense attorneys focus not on whether you committed the crime, but whether the prosecutor can prove it. If you are charged with or are a suspect for a property damage offense, contact The Lowry Law Firm’s criminal defense lawyers immediately because they will speak to you, understand your position, and properly advise you on how to handle the situation.
The Lowry Law Firm’s criminal defense attorneys handle property damage charges in the following counties and municipal courts: