How can I be charged with a felony ifthe crime only amounts to $1,500?

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How can I be charged with a felony ifthe crime only amounts to $1,500?

Ex-girlfriend had me arrested for damage to her car. She reported the damages as $2,500 so it is a felony. It will cost me approximately. $5,000 to get this straightened out. This has not gone to court yet. She traded the damaged car in on a new one this weekend. She is saying the repair for damage will be $1,500. How can I still be charged for a felony when the repair is only $1,500?

Asked on July 26, 2011 Texas

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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Many states in this country set a dollar amount of an item that is purposefully damaged for misdemeanor and felony status for charging purposes for a crime. For example, a state in its criminal statute could declare that an item purposefully damaged by someone whose value exceeds $750.00 could impose a felony conviction upon the person who is convicted of the crime.

You need to read the statute you are charged with violating and its elements. Most likely there will be a dollar amount stated as well as what conduct is improper.

If you do not have a criminal defense lawyer, you should retain one. Being convicted of any crime, especially a felony is a serious matter.


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