Mullen, Schlough & Associate’s vandalism defense attorneys are leading Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley due to their lawyers successful vandalism settlements in Wisconsin.

Category: Juvenile Crimes
Section: Vandalism

Definition: Vandalism
1:Vandalism is typically defined as when a person knowingly causes serious physical damage to a structure or its contents. Vandalism is governed by state statutes, which vary by state. Some states have separate statutes that deal specifically with vandalism to certain property, such as autos, cemeteries, or school property. Statutes typically provide for penalties based upon the value of the property damage. Local laws should be consulted for specific requirements in your area.
The following is an example of a state statute dealing with vandalism:
A) No person shall knowingly cause serious physical harm to an occupied structure or any of its contents.
(B) (1) No person shall knowingly cause physical harm to property that is owned or possessed by another, when either of the following applies:
(a) The property is used by its owner or possessor in the owner’s or possessor’s profession, business, trade, or occupation, and the value of the property or the amount of physical harm involved is five hundred dollars or more;
(b) Regardless of the value of the property or the amount of damage done, the property or its equivalent is necessary in order for its owner or possessor to engage in the owner’s or possessor’s profession, business, trade, or occupation.
(2) No person shall knowingly cause serious physical harm to property that is owned, leased, or controlled by a governmental entity. A governmental entity includes, but is not limited to, the state or a political subdivision of the state, a school district, the board of trustees of a public library or public university, or any other body corporate and politic responsible for governmental activities only in geographical areas smaller than that of the state.
(C) No person, without privilege to do so, shall knowingly cause serious physical harm to any tomb, monument, gravestone, or other similar structure that is used as a memorial for the dead; to any fence, railing, curb, or other property that is used to protect, enclose, or ornament any cemetery; or to a cemetery.
(D) No person, without privilege to do so, shall knowingly cause physical harm to a place of burial by breaking and entering into a tomb, crypt, casket, or other structure that is used as a memorial for the dead or as an enclosure for the dead.
(E) Whoever violates this section is guilty of vandalism. Except as otherwise provided in this division, vandalism is a felony of the fifth degree that is punishable by a fine of up to two thousand five hundred dollars in addition to the penalties specified for a felony of the fifth degree in sections 2929.11 to 2929.18 of the Revised Code. If the value of the property or the amount of physical harm involved is five thousand dollars or more but less than one hundred thousand dollars, vandalism is a felony of the fourth degree. If the value of the property or the amount of physical harm involved is one hundred thousand dollars or more, vandalism is a felony of the third degree.
(F) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Cemetery” means any place of burial and includes burial sites that contain American Indian burial objects placed with or containing American Indian human remains.
(2) “Serious physical harm” means physical harm to property that results in loss to the value of the property of five hundred dollars or more.

Topic Expanded: Vandalism
The vandalism defense lawyers at Mullen, Schlough & Associates excel in representing clients in all aspects of vandalism cases. Vandalism is a serious charge that can have severe consequences. Mullen, Schlough & Associate’s vandalism lawyers have extensive experience defending clients from vandalism allegations and are committed to providing an aggressive defense on the clients behalf. In a vandalism case it is essential to have a dedicated attorney that engages early and strives to get the case either dismissed or settled out of court. Have Wisconsin’s premier vandalism attorneys prove their success in settling cases out of court and preventing charges from ever being filed.

If charges of a vandalism related crime have been filed or are in process, an experienced vandalism defense team will be able to improve the outcome. Remember, it is easier to prevent a vandalism charge from being filed than it is to receive a not guilty verdict in court once it has already been charged.

Recommendation: Vandalism
It is extremely important to hire a criminal vandalism attorney to represent your best interests. The primary goal is to keep you out of the criminal court system so you can move on with your life without the danger of a lengthy prison sentence or a criminal record. The Mullen Law Group’s vandalism lawyers maintain an extremely high rate of success. Our determined focus is to:

  • Keep a felony or misdemeanor vandalism allegation out of court
  • Use our knowledge base to settle strategically
  • Fight for the best outcome our client is facing

In some situations, it may be difficult for the prosecution to pursue or prove a vandalism case. This is due to the fact that the intent of the defendant is a key part of the charges. To be convicted of committing some type of vandalism, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally made the attempt to or actually committed vandalism. If an vandalism case goes to court, there is often no recovery of losses for the plaintiff because a judgment is ordered. The judgment can often include jail time, making recovery of losses very difficult. Settling out of court is the most beneficial option for both parties; the plaintiff has a better chance of recovering losses and the accused can avoid serving time in jail or prison.

Although the evidence may seem substantial, there are many options an attorney can use to challenge the vandalism charges. It is important to act quickly to involve a legal professional who can properly assert rights and act as a knowledgeable voice inside and outside of the courtroom. Our criminal defense lawyers have achieved amazing results in vandalism cases during the pre-file stage as well as in the courtroom. Our attorneys have the expertise to have vandalism cases completely dismissed, or pursue a lower sentence for the client.

Don’t let an vandalism charge jeopardize your future, contact us immediately to find out how an exceptional vandalism attorney can help you.

We know you need the best in knowledgeable legal representation from a criminal law firm that treats your case with consideration and genuine concern. We look forward to hearing from you when you call (888) 375-3056 for a FREE confidential consultation.

So what will the attorneys at Mullen, Schlough & Associates do for me?

Whether you have a criminal case, drunk driving or some type of family law case like a divorce or custody matter, our attorneys have been handling these type and only these type cases for the better part of 14 years.  With that kind of experience comes “strategies and techniques” that we’ve found either work, work well or don’t work at all.

For example:

Telling the district attorney we’re going to take the case to a jury trial right from the start might get you a better offer from the start….and it might not.

Telling the district attorney we’re going to take your case to trial after we win an important motion or do some other “case altering event” will probably get you a better offer.

Telling the district attorney we’re going to take your case to a trial after receiving some damaging evidence motion hearing or losing an Important motion hearing WILL NOT get you a better offer.

OR

Telling the judge you’ve moved out with your kids one night without letting you wife know, moved in with your girlfriend and told your kids to start calling her Mom right in the middle of the school year while yanking your kids out of their school and enrolling them in a new school 200 miles away WILL NOT win a lot of bonus points with the vast majority of judges.

Reading these examples without living them seem pretty straight forward.  However, you as our clients will be living in the situation.  Most if not all our clients do what they do for a reason.

For example, I had a client that was enjoying a football game and the multitude of beer that went along with it.  During the 3rd quarter, he received a phone call, got in his car, drove 150 miles and got a DUI.  Seems straight forward and somewhat stupid right?  What if I told you his daughter was in a terrible car accident and on life support in the emergency room?  You probably won’t read about that in the drunk driving police report.

Though the district attorney didn’t have a lot of sympathy, a jury sure did.

THE POINT:  KNOWING WHAT TO DO WITH THE FACTS OF THE CASE WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE EVERY TIME.

What can you guys do for me that I can’t do myself?

We know what to do with the facts of your case.  Did you know that the police officer has to have his emergency lights off when he gives you the HGN {or also known as the “stare at the pen”) according to the National Highway Safety Manual?  If the cop didn’t, we can file a motion to have the field sobriety test thrown out. If the field sobriety test is thrown out, the entire case may be dismissed as well (whether you were drunk or not).

“Technicalities” like these are why we get cases dismissed before jury trials.  The district attorney is not going to help you find them.  The district attorney IS NOT going to point out what a poor job the cops did unless he has to.

Why is our firm better than the other ones?

Most trial attorneys know or have some idea what do with the facts of a case and “technicalities” as I’ve previously mentioned.  Some attorneys are, of course, better than others.

But why us?

  • We don’t believe in paralegals and staff. Therefore, when you call your attorney, you will speak directly to your attorney.
  • When a motion is filed, your attorney researched and filed it. Your attorney is going to argue it so they should know it inside and out.  That’s what you are paying for.
  • When your ex or soon to be ex does something, your attorney needs to know, not some secretary. The secretary is not going to argue the case in court, the attorney is.
  • If you have any billing or legal service statement issues, Attorney Mark Mullen, President and founding member of the firm answers the phone….always. He does the books, issues the checks and makes the financial calls on your case. If you call the main number, it will be him you talk to, period.
  • We encourage payment plans. Most of our clients are not rich and therefore cannot put down the entire amount of the retainer at the time of hiring.

What kind of money am I going to have upfront to hire you guys?

If you have a job or a credit card, we ask for half of the quoted retainer.   When you’re serious and ready to proceed with your case, putting SOME money down lets us know you’re serious.  When your serious and ready to go, so we.