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Criminal Mischief Defense Lawyer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Examples of Criminal Mischief

Carl Barkemeyer is a Criminal Mischief defense lawyer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The charge of Criminal Mischief in Louisiana is a misdemeanor.  It is punishable up to six months in jail. There are many types of behavior that fall within Criminal Mischief.  Contact Mr. Barkemeyer to discuss your case.

A lot of times, people will view activities as being risky but not necessarily illegal. However, many of these activities can actually be considered illegal under criminal mischief charges both in Louisiana and in the nation as a whole. Something as simple as hammering a nail into the tree on someone else’s property can be considered criminal mischief. As minor as these charges sound, the penalties and punishment can still be severe and cause a detrimentally negative impact on the quality of your life and those around you. If you have recently been charged with criminal mischief in the Baton Rouge area, it is vital that you seek legal aid immediately so that you are not fighting the charges alone. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side like Carl Barkemeyer will greatly help your chances at fighting the charges and possibly improving the outcomes of the trial. Mr. Barkemeyer is a very experienced criminal defense attorney and has worked on and defended many criminal mischief cases over the years. Mr. Barkemeyer also has a strong knowledge of the Louisiana state legal system and can assist you in creating a defense for your charges. Criminal mischief charges can put a burden on you and your loved ones but with the right legal assistance, a more positive result is in reach.

What is criminal mischief in Louisiana?

Criminal mischief is one of the broadest criminal laws in Louisiana and in the nation because it mainly involves any sort of common mischief that can cause unrest or danger to other members of the public. There are many different facets and applications of the law and each part needs to be understood clearly so that the right defense can be created to fight your criminal mischief charges. The Louisiana state law defines criminal mischief as being any of the following activities:

(1) Tampering with someone else’s property without their consent with the intent to interfere with said property.

(2) Giving of any false alarm of fire or notice of other emergency which would reasonably result in an emergency response from authorities.

(3) Driving of any tack, nail, spike or metal over one and one-half inch in length into any tree located on lands belonging to another, without the consent of the owner, or without the later removal of the object from the tree.

(4) The felling, topping, or pruning of trees or shrubs within the right-of-way of a state highway, without prior written approval of the chief engineer of the Department of Transportation and Development or his designated representative, provided prior written approval is not required for agents or employees of public utility companies in situations of emergency where the person or property of others is endangered.

(5) Giving of any false report or complaint to a sheriff, or his deputies, or to any officer of the law relative to the commission of, or an attempt to commit, a crime.

(6) Throwing any stone or any other object in any street, avenue, alley, road, highway, open space, public square, or enclosure, or throwing any stone or other object from any place into any street, avenue, road, highway, alley, open space, public square, enclosure, or at any train, railway car, or locomotive.

(7) Taking temporary possession of any part or parts of a place of business, or remaining in a place of business after the person in charge of such business or portion of such business has directed such person to leave the premises.

(8) The communication to any person for the purpose of disrupting any public utility water service, when the communication causes any officer, employee, or agent of the service reasonably to be placed in sustained fear for his or another person’s safety, or causes the evacuation of a water service building, or causes any discontinuance of any water services.

(9) The discharging of any firearm at a train, locomotive, or railway car.

What are the punishments for criminal mischief in Louisiana?

There are many different reasons for being charged with criminal mischief in Louisiana, however the penalties for being found guilty are quite simple, yet can still cause a large negative impact on your life. Under Louisiana state law, the penalties for being charged with criminal mischief are as follows:

  • Whoever commits the crime of criminal mischief shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned for not more than six months in the parish jail, or both.

A fine of $500 and/or a jail time of 6 months are still quite a severe punishment for what can seem like a very minor offense of those included under criminal mischief. These penalties can also be included on your permanent criminal record and could hurt your future opportunities severely. Because of that reason, this punishment should not be taken lightly and the charges should be fought with full strength during the court trial.

How can we help?

Causing mischief in public can be a very large problem especially in large cities like Baton Rouge, so it makes sense that many mischievous acts fall under the charges of criminal mischief in Louisiana. Because of how broad criminal mischief is, it’s important to understand why you were charged with the crime and for which reasons you could be found guilty. Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney in Louisiana can aid you in your case by helping to craft a defense specific to your charges. By looking at the evidence and observing all aspects of the case, Mr. Barkemeyer can assist your defense and potentially help you to find a more positive outcome in your case and to lessen the penalties from being guilty. If you have recently been charged with criminal mischief in the Baton Rouge area, we will be happy to help.

Contact Baton Rouge Criminal Mischief defense lawyer, Carl Barkemeyer, at (225) 964-6720.

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