Criminal Mischief Often Prank Gone Wrong

by admin on April 19, 2010

Criminal mischief is one of those criminal offenses that often starts out as a dare or a prank. However, far from funny, this is a serious criminal charge. A good example of this recently came out of New Jersey where two teens are suspected of breaking into an empty home, watching television and eating before leaving with the resident’s cash and car.

According to the Gloucester County Times, the resident’s of the Monroe Township home were on vacation when the boys decided to make themselves comfortable. They spend hours hanging out and raided the resident’s refrigerator. They weren’t caught until they took the owner’s vehicle out and were pulled over by police.

Now, both face charge—one in adult court. That teen is facing criminal charges of burglary, theft, unlawful taking of a means of conveyance (car), and criminal mischief. Depending on the value of the property damage caused, he could face several years in prison for the criminal mischief charge alone.

Unfortunately, incidences like this aren’t unique to teens and younger adults. Criminal property damage like criminal mischief is often committed by people who want to pull a prank or people throwing a temporary temper tantrum. Typically, when it’s all over, the suspect is left feeling embarrassed of their actions and nervous at the potential repercussions.

Most states structure their criminal mischief and criminal damage laws by the value of damage done. The cost of the damage dictates the level of charge you will face. Logically, the more damage, the greater the potential sentence.

When facing charges like this, an aggressive defense attorney is crucial. Having someone who has handled similar property damage cases can be helpful in knowing what to expect and staying one step ahead of the game.

If you are facing criminal mischief or damage charges in any state—we can help. Contact us today and we can put you in touch with one of our many qualified attorneys.

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