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What is the law on Criminal Damage to Property in Leawood Municipal Court?

The Leawood Municipal Court hears cases involving allegations of violations of the Leawood Municipal Code. The Leawood Municipal Code has adopted the Kansas Uniform Code for Municipalities for much of the acts that the city wishes to criminalize. The Uniform Code is simply a set of laws that many cities in Kansas have adopted to save the effort and expense of writing each law on their own. Below is the law prohibiting Criminal Damage to Property in the city of Leawood.

Sec. 6.6. Criminal Damage to Property.

(a) Criminal damage to property is by means other than by fire or explosive:

(1) Knowingly damaging, destroying, defacing or substantially impairing the use of any property in which another has an interest without the consent of such other person; or

(2) Damaging, destroying, defacing or substantially impairing the use of any property with intent to injure or defraud an insurer or lienholder.

(b) Criminal damage to property is a Class B violation if the property damaged is of the value of less than $1,000 or is of the value of $1,000 or more and is damaged to the extent of less than $1,000.

(c) In determining the amount of damage to property, damages may include the cost of repair or replacement of the property that was damaged, the reasonable cost of the loss of production, crops and livestock, reasonable labor costs of any kind, reasonable material costs of any kind and any reasonable costs that are attributed to equipment that is used to abate or repair the damage to the property. (K.S.A. 21-5813)

What do you do if you are charged with Criminal Damage to Property in Leawood Municipal Court?

You're already on the right track, begin by researching the law. If you ever find yourself to be accused of violating the law it is best to review the law and get a good understanding of the allegation. But just reading the law won't adequately prepare you to go into court and fight the charge, it won't really even prepare you to hire the right lawyer. After you've read the law you need to understand the broader implications of the law by doing a deep-dive analysis of the law on criminal damage to property in the State of Kansas. Here is an in-depth write up on criminal damage laws in Kansas. After you've read the law, reviewed the expansive analysis of the law you're ready to hire a lawyer. When you sit down with prospective lawyers look for someone that has experience with criminal damage to property cases in Leawood Municipal Court, you can then rely on there experience with the court and also get some insight as to the personalities and people involved in the court and ultimately your case.