Criminal Destruction of a Flag

So-called “flag-burning laws” are highly controversial criminal laws that prevent a person from destroying or mutilating a state or national flag. Although the laws are commonly referred to as “flag-burning laws,” any form of destruction may be considered a criminal offense. If a person is charged with a flag destruction crime, he or she may face serious criminal penalties. If convicted, these allegations bring about a Class A misdemeanor.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we believe in providing powerful legal defense for our Dallas clients. If you are facing property damage, vandalism, or other similar criminal mischief charges, we can give you the tough representation and keen advice you need.

Desecration of National and State Flags in Texas

Flag-burning laws in Texas can carry some serious penalties if a person is convicted, especially if the individual faces related charges such as disorderly conduct or has been previously convicted of other crimes. However, this law specifically states that the object in question under this statute is a flag capable of being flown on a staff. The following items are exempt from this law:

  • Flag-shaped jewelry
  • Clothing with flags printed on them
  • Printed documents and stationery with flags
  • Photographs and paintings of flags

Other exemptions may be applied if a person is disposing of a damaged or soiled flag.

Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Dallas

If you or someone you love has been charged with criminal desecration of a state or national flag in Texas, there may be legal options available to fight these allegations. To learn more about how to prepare a defense case in your situation, contact an attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.

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