The most heavily prosecuted property crime in the state of Mississippi is malicious mischief. It encompasses offenses ranging from vandalism to destruction of property in domestic disputes. Mississippi statute defines a malicious mischief offense as “maliciously or mischievously destroying, disfiguring, injuring or causing any of these actions to someone else’s property”.

The charge and potential sentence you face for a charge or malicious mischief is dependent on the value of the damage caused. The value is the cost of repair or replacement, if the property was destroyed.

If the value is less than $500, you will be charged with a misdemeanor which carries a potential sentence of up to 1 year in jail and $1,000 in fines.

If the damage is valued at more than $500 it is considered a felony offense and is punishable bu up to 5 years in prison and fines reaching $10,000.

In Mississippi, if you are found guilty of malicious mischief you will also be required to pay restitution to the victim. This means that you will be responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged property, above and beyond the fines you are ordered to pay.

Ref: Mississippi Statutes §97-17-67

Malicious Mischief for Certain Properties (Memorials, Cemeteries, etc)

There are certain properties that when damaged under the definition of malicious mischief, you could face a more elevated sentence for.  These properties include: any urn, burial vaults, memorials, or other similar cemetery items; any work, materials, or furniture of a courthouse or jail, public building, school, or church, or defacement of any of the walls within these buildings.

If the damage caused is valued at less than $300, you will face misdemeanor charges and a potential one year jail sentence and fines of up to $1,000.

If the damage is valued at more than $300, you will be charged with a felony and face up to 5 years in prison and fines reaching $5,000.

Ref: Mississippi Statutes §97-17-39