Vandalism, by definition, occurs when there has been intentional damage to property – whether it be public or private property.
It is common for people to be wrongfully accused or charged of vandalizing property, when in reality, they were not at fault for the damage.
At Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC to help you. We understand what you are going through, and we are here to make this better for you.
You may have been accused of vandalizing property, even if you know that you did not do it, or the incident was not your fault. Sometimes, people will accuse another individual of damaging their property because they believe the other person had a motive to do so, but this is not always the case. One person’s word is not always stronger than that of another. It is a safe idea to contact an attorney to explore your options.
We know how scary this situation must be for you and we want to help you.
Examples of Vandalism
This type of situation involves knowingly damaging property without consent of the owner. There are many different types of vandalism. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Damage to a vehicle: puncturing tires, keying, breaking windows, etc.
- Ransacking a property
- Purposely defacing property
- Removing trees from a property without permission
- Cybervandalism: This type of vandalism is done so via the internet or technology. An example of this would be the defacement of a website.
- Damaging a person’s car or home via paint, eggs, smashing windows, etc.
- Altering street signs
If you have been accused of vandalism, please contact our attorneys as soon as possible. We will work with you to compile evidence and try to lessen or remove your charges. Our main goal is to help you. This situation should not have to affect your future, family or opportunities.
There is a difference between vandalism and accidents. Let’s say, for example, you accidentally back your car up and knock over your neighbor’s mailbox. This is an accident. This scenario would be considered vandalism if you had a motive to ruin your neighbor’s belongings and you purposely decided to run down their mailbox. These actions can look different from multiple people’s perspectives so we suggest contacting an attorney as soon as possible to gather facts for you.
Mistakes happen, but we want to see that you are not wrongfully charged for an incident that was not your fault.
Our goal is to serve you with the strongest legal advice and representation possible.
You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Being accused of or charged with vandalism can easily impose a negative impact on your life. These charges can come back to haunt you later in life, but there are also immediate consequences that can come from this type of charge or accusation. You may need to pay fines for the damage, complete community service, or even face a prison sentence, depending on the severity of the situation.
Oftentimes the fines associated with vandalism are for repairs and cleaning, but there may be other fines if the property had sentimental value.
The difficult aspect of vandalism charges, as mentioned earlier, is that one person may believe that another individual knowingly or purposely cause damage to their property. However, this opinion is not always true to what actually may have happened.
There are instances where a property is vacant, and in that case, the consequences can be different. An attorney can explain your options and potential repercussions, following an incident.
This is why it is crucial for you to have someone in your corner, defending you, in this type of situation. Do not hesitate to call our office at (865) 292-2307.
What to Do After Being Accused of Vandalism
What should you do in the event of being accused of this crime? Before anything else, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to begin working with you. Our attorneys have experience with these situations and they will work to see that your charges or lessened or dropped.
Do not post about the situation on social media. You should only make a statement when you have a lawyer present.
Once you contact an attorney, they will be able to evaluate the evidence, explain your legal options, and protect your rights. Consequences vary from state to state so it is important that you find a local attorney who understands the specifics of their region.
Our Attorneys are Here to Help
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Other Legal Practice Areas
The attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC also focus in other practice areas, in addition to criminal defense. Other practice areas include:
- Civil Rights
- Construction Law
- Criminal Defense: Theft, Robbery, Shoplifting, Burglary, Arson, etc.
- Employment Law
- Wills & Estate Planning
- Family Law
- Health Law Practice
- Personal Injury
- Real Estate
- Workers’ Compensation
- Other practice areas
Our firm will give you legal representation with your best interests in mind. We want to help you. You should not be punished for wrongdoings or accusations.
Helping the People of Knoxville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities
Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, but our attorneys offer services to people in the greater Knoxville community, in addition to Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities. Our attorneys have more than 85 years of combined experience serving our community.
Our full-service law firm is dedicated to helping you and your family in a time of need. We put you best interests at the forefront to see that you have a brighter future in store.
Contact Our Attorneys Today
At Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC, our main goal is to help you. When you need it most, our attorneys are in your corner, fighting for your rights.
Learn more about how our attorneys can help you after being accused of vandalism by contacting our office. In some cases, we offer a free consultation. Call our Knoxville, Tennessee offices today to speak with an attorney at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC.