Camden, AR asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas

Q: What’s the penalty for first time criminal mischief?

My son was charged with criminal mischief for kick police door during in altercation

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: The penalty for first-time criminal mischief in Arkansas will depend on the degree of the offense, which is typically determined by the amount of damage caused. If the damage is less than $1,000, it is considered a Class A misdemeanor, which could result in up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. However, if the damage is to government property, like a police car, the offense could be treated more severely. Legal consequences can also include restitution, which is paying for the damages caused.

Given the involvement of law enforcement property, your son should seek legal counsel to address the charges adequately. An attorney can provide guidance on potential defenses and mitigating factors that might reduce the severity of the penalties. It's also advisable to act quickly, as legal proceedings can move forward swiftly.

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