I drove into a school baseball field like a dumbass and did some donuts. The police were called and i was pulled over. They only gave me a ticket for trespassing and they didnt see me do the crime except for on camera but the video is blurry and it was also raining. They did not see the license plate or my face on camera. I have a court date for the trespassing ticket but what will happen about the property damage.
In my opinion, you should DEFINITELY have a consultation with a criminal defense attorney. If you go to Court and plead guilty to the trespass charge, there is some case law that I believe supports the conclusion that double jeopardy attaches and you are safe.
At any time, the District Attorney could either charge or indict you on two additional felonies, however. You could have exposure to Criminal mischief, which is the property damage crime, and if the cost of repairing the damage is over $250 but less than $1500 you have an E felony. Over $1500 you have a D felony.
Additionally, you could have the potential charge of Burglary 3rd, which is trespassing with the intent to commit a crime. If the District Attorney thought they could show that you trespassed for the purpose of tearing up the field, you've got another D felony charge. These charges can be added later, again I believe until the point that you plead guilty on the trespass.
You should consult with an attorney to go over all the details of your case.
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Consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately for proper representation. Were you on school grounds when pulled over?
The DA can add charges if the proof is there.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 19 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
You need an attorney. The district attorney's office can add charges until the day of trial or in the case of a felony until the statute of limitations runs. You need an attorney.
Charges can always be upgraded so it would be wise for you to speak with a local criminal defense attorney before your court date to make sure your rights are protected.
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