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Vandalism Charges in Texas
Vandalism is defined as the intentional or deliberate destruction or damaged to property, both private and public. Destruction can include graffiti, spray painting, breaking windows, smashing mailboxes, arson, and throwing eggs at cars or buildings.
If you’ve been accused of vandalism, you could face some high fines and potentially a jail or prison sentence. Make sure you talk to one of our skilled Houston vandalism attorneys about your case as soon as possible. The faster you contact us the more time we’ll have to investigate your case and mount a defense on your behalf.
Punishment for Vandalism in Texas
In Texas, the punishments for being convicted of vandalism will depend on several factors. The penalties will increase depending on if the offender has been previously convicted of a felony, caused death or serious bodily injury while committing the offense, and / or used a weapon while they committed or attempted to commit the offense.
Vandalism is typically a Class C misdemeanor.
- Class C Misdemeanor: a fine up to $500
- Class B Misdemeanor: a jail sentence up to 180 days and / or a fine of up to $2,000
- Class A Misdemeanor: a jail sentence up to 1 year and / or a fine of up to $4,000
- State Jail Felony: a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to 2 years and could be fined up to $10,000
- 3rd-Degree Felony: 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000
- 2nd-Degree Felony: 2 to 20 years in prison and / or a fine up to $10,000
- 1st-Degree Felony: a prison sentence ranging from 5 to 99 years and / or a fine up to $10,000
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