Alabama

In Alabama Criminal Mischief and Criminal Tampering are the most common property crimes.  Both of these offenses require “intent”. This means in order to be found guilty the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offense and that it was intentional.

1st Degree Criminal Mischief Laws & Penalties

Criminal mischief in the first degree is committed when you damage property with intent to do so by explosion or by causing more than $2,500 in damage.

This serious property offense is a Class C felony punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.

Ref: Ala. Crim. Code §13A-7-21

2nd Degree Criminal Mischief – Laws & Penalties

Criminal mischief in the second degree is committed when you damage property with the intent to do so and cause damage valued at between $500 and $2,500.

2nd degree criminal mischief is a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 1 year in prison and up to $6,000 in fines.

Ref: Ala. Crim. Code §13A-7-22

3rd Degree Criminal Mischief – Laws & Penalties

Criminal mischief in the 3rd degree happens when you intend to damage property and you do damage property where the value of the damage is less than $500.

Third degree criminal mischief is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and $3,000 in fines.

Ref: Ala. Crim. Code §13A-7-23

1st Degree Criminal Tampering – Laws & Penalties

Under Alabama law, Criminal Tampering in the first degree is intentionally interrupting or impairing service of utility to the public. This is a Class C felony punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.

Ref: Ala. Crim. Code §13A-7-25

2nd Degree Criminal Tampering – Laws & Penalties

You can commit 2nd degree criminal tampering in a few different ways:

1.      By intentionally tampering with the property of another to cause them inconvenience or

2.      Intentionally tampering or connecting to a public utility.

Criminal tampering in the 2nd degree is a Class B misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and $3,000 in fines.

Ref: Ala. Crim. Code §13A-7-26

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