What is Criminal Mischief?

Criminal mischief can result in legal action against you. Like most other crimes, depending on the severity of your crime, there are different levels of degree. Criminal mischief is when you destroy is disrupt another’s property. Whether you spray-paint someone’s fence or you destroy a park bench, these are good examples of criminal mischief.

If you are caught, you may face jail time (again, it depends on what degree you are charged with), and you may face a steep fine for you destruction, especially if you destroy an expensive piece of property. Most vandals are always caught because they commit these crimes carelessly and in the open. It is best to avoid committing these crimes altogether. According to New York Legal Code: Criminal Mischief, below are some examples of a criminal mischief offense per degree.

A) 1st Degree Offense: If a person has intent to destroy property of another person. Criminal mischief in the first degree is a class B felony.

B) 2nd Degree Offense: A person is guilty if they have intent to destroy another person’s property and damages exceed one thousand, five hundred dollars.

C) 3rd Degree Offense: A person has intent to break into another’s vehicle, or has committed criminal mischief three or more times.

D) 4th Degree Offense: A person who vandalizes an abandoned building; damages another person’s property and damages exceed two hundred fifty dollars; or prevents a person from communicating for emergency services.

These are just a few examples of each criminal mischief offense by degree. You can click here if youd like more information on criminal mischief laws in the state of New York. Criminal mischief is essential damage done to another’s property, whether it is personal or government. The severity of the legal process will depend on what degree you committed.

In the end, it is best to avoid such crimes. The severity in which the crime is committed will greatly influence fine amounts and possible jail time. Criminal mischief is defined differently in each state, and the fine amount and jail time will then vary as well. With a lawyer you have a much better chance of having a good outcome in your case.