Colorado Springs Juvenile Criminal Mischief Attorney
Juvenile Criminal Mischief
If your son or daughter has been arrested for criminal mischief, also known as vandalism or property damage, do not hesitate to contact the defense team at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. Juvenile criminal mischief may not seem like a relatively minor offense, but depending on the severity of the damages to another's property and your child's involvement, there could be significant ramifications.
Only with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney can your child hope to preserve his or her freedom. Call (719) 475-2555 for a free and confidential case evaluation. The sooner we can begin building a case, the better chance you will have at beating the charges against your son or daughter.
Colorado Criminal Mischief Laws
According to Colo. Rev. Stat. 18-4-501, criminal mischief involves knowingly damaging the real or personal property of one or more persons, including the joint property of the accused person and the alleged victim. While the law does not distinguish between adult and juvenile acts of criminal mischief, if the accused is under the age of 18, the crime will be tried in the juvenile justice system, which may result in very different penalties than the adult court.
The penalties for juvenile criminal mischief can vary dramatically based on the particular circumstances of each case; however, the court will evaluate possible punishments based on the damages and economic losses inflicted. For example, if the aggregate damage to real or personal property is less than $300, it may be charged as a class 3 misdemeanor and carry lesser penalties. If the aggregate damage is one million dollars or more, it may be charged as a class 2 felony, which carries much more severe penalties.
The Juvenile Justice System
When dealing with minors, the juvenile court system often considers alternative forms of punishment in an effort to rehabilitate and reform the offender. These punishments may include long periods of probation, curfews, mandatory enrollment in diversion programs, restitution orders to compensate victims of property damage, heavy fines and even a juvenile detention sentence.
It is important to note that the court system has become increasingly less lenient when it comes to sentencing minors. In some cases, a juvenile may incur penalties that last much longer than an adult might simply in an effort to supervise the offender during his or her development. However, as with adult court system, juveniles are also entitled to a strong legal defense.
Trusted Juvenile Criminal Defense
The exceptional legal team at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. has in-depth experience handling cases in the juvenile justice system. Colorado Springs juvenile crime attorney Timothy Bussey understands the special considerations of working with juvenile clients and takes every step to ensure that that each and every minor and teen receives a second chance. With our help, you can ensure that your child has a fighting chance at maintaining a clean record and getting a fresh start. Contact our firm today at (719) 475-2555.