There are several different acts that can get you charged with Criminal Mischief under main laws against property damage. If the prosecution has probable cause that you did any of the following, you could be facing this offense:
- Damaged or destroyed the property of another without right, damaged or destroyed any property with intent to collect insurance proceeds or tamper with the property of another to impair their use of that property,
- Damaged, destroyed, or tampered with property of law enforcement, fire departments, or a utility supplier without right and which action recklessly causes a risk of interruption or impairment of services to the public, or
- Drove any iron, steel, or saw-damaging material in a tree or log without consent of the owner, and with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm to someone.
Criminal Mischief is a Class D crime which carries a potential sentence of up to one year in prison as well as fines and restitution for the loss of property.
Ref: MCC 17-A, §806
Aggravated Criminal Mischief – Laws & Penalties
Like criminal mischief, there are a variety of ways you can be charged with aggravated criminal mischief. You could face charges of this serious offense if there is reason to believe you did any of the following:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly damaged or destroyed someone else’s property where the value of the damage is greater than $2,000,
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly damaged or destroyed property where the damage is valued at more than $2,000 and the act is done to collect insurance proceeds,
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly damaged, destroyed, or tampered with the property of law enforcement, fire department, or utility supplier causing a substantial interruption of service to public,
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly damaged or destroyed the property of another and the property is not a dwelling or structure,
- Intentionally damaged, destroyed, or tampered with someone else’s property to cause substantial harm to the health, safety, business, calling, career, financial situation, reputation or relationships of a person.
Aggravated criminal mischief is a Class C crime that carries a potential punishment of up to 5 years in prison and fines. The judge may also order restitution, making you pay for the damage caused in the commission of the crime.
Ref: MCC 17-A,§805