1st Degree Criminal Mischief
There are a few different actions that would qualify you for a charge of 1st degree criminal mischief in the state of Alaska. You may be charged with this offense if you: 1. Intentionally damage an oil or gas pipeline or a pipeline supporting facility, 2. With intent, tamper with the property of a utility company or organization and causing impairment or interruption of service, or 3. With the intent to damage property of another by the use of “widely dangerous means”, you damage property and cause over $100,000 in damage. First degree criminal mischief is a Class A felony. For first time offenders, this offense is punishable by up to 5 years. However, if you have a criminal record, you could be facing up to 20 years for a Class A felony. In addition to prison time, you could be sentenced to up to $250,000 in fines.
Ref: AS §11.46.475
2nd Degree Criminal Mischief
Similar to 1st degree criminal mischief but slightly less serious, you can be charged with 2nd degree criminal mischief if you are accused of any of the following: 1. Tampering with oil or gas pipeline or supporting facility with disregard to damage or risk involved, 2. Acting with intent to cause physical injury you: a. Tamper with food, water, cosmetics, air, drug or container of any of these, or b. Deliver food, water, cosmetics, air, or drugs knowing they have been contaminated. Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree is a Class B felony. Class B felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
Ref: AS §11.46.480
3rd Degree Criminal Mischief
There are a few different acts that can get your charged with 3rd degree criminal mischief. If you do any of the following you could face this Class C felony charge. 1. Intentionally damage someone else’s property valued at more than $500, 2. Recklessly creating a risk of damage exceeding $100,000 to property by acting with “widely dangerous means”, or 3. Knowingly desecrating or damaging a cemetery, tomb, grave or memorial or removing human remains or other artifacts from a cemetery, tomb, or memorial. This Class C felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and fines reaching $50,000.
Ref: AS §11.46.482
4th Degree Criminal mischief
Fourth degree criminal mischief is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and fines reaching up to $10,000. You may be charged and convicted on this misdemeanor charge if you: 1. Intentionally damage someone else’s property valued at between $50 and $500, 2. Tamper with a fire alarm or other fire protection device in a public place, 3. Knowingly access a computer, network, or any part of a computer system you have no right to, 4. Using a device to unscramble a scrambled electronic signal designed to prevent unauthorized viewing or access, or 5. Removing, relocating, defacing, altering, shooting at or destroying a traffic control device or damaging highway work that is under construction.
Ref: AS §11.46.484
5th Degree Criminal Mischief
A Class B misdemeanor, 5th degree criminal mischief is the least serious of the criminal mischief offenses in Alaska. You could be facing this charge if the prosecution has reason to believe you did any of the following: 1. Tamper with the property of another with reckless disregard for the risk of harm to the property or in order to cause inconvenience to someone, 2. With intent to damage property, you damage someone else’s property in the amount of less than $50, 3. Ride in a stolen vehicle with the knowledge that it is stolen. This Class B misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and $2,000 in fines.
Ref: AS §11.46.486