By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
Criminal Mischief is the essentially Texas’ way of labeling vandalism. Under Tex.Pen.C. 28.03, a person commits an offense if, without effective consent of the owner, he intentionally or knowingly damages or destroys the tangible property of the owner; intentionally or knowingly tampers with the tangible property of the owner and causes pecuniary loss or substantial inconvenience to the owner or a third person; or intentionally or knowingly makes makings, including inscriptions, slogans, drawings or paintings, on the tangible property of the owner.
The level of offense of a criminal mischief case stems from the amount of damage to be alleged just as in theft cases. Less than $50 of damage is a Class C misdemeanor; $50 to $500 is a Class B, $500 to $1,500 is a Class A; $1,500 to $20,000 is a State Jail Felony; $20,000 to $100,000…
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