A momentary lapse of judgment can lead to criminal mischief charges. Painting graffiti on someone's home or on public property, damaging someone's home during a fight and entering a property where you are not allowed are all things that can lead to these charges.
If you have been charged with criminal mischief, the experienced theft defense attorneys at Clark & Clark are ready to stand at your side. We will not rest until we have obtained the best possible outcome to your case.
Criminal Mischief Offenses in New Jersey
Criminal mischief generally refers to illegal activities related to property. The most common examples of criminal mischief are:
- Property damage
Your criminal charges depend on the value of the property that was damaged or vandalized. In New Jersey, you may be charged with a disorderly persons offense if the property is valued at less than $500. For property of higher value, you may face felony charges. For criminal mischief of the 3rd or 4th degree, punishment may include lengthy prison sentences.
How Do You Resolve Criminal Mischief Charges?
At Clark & Clark, we understand what is at stake in your situation. We are passionate about providing each of our clients with an aggressive, competent defense strategy. Instead of letting you be defined by the criminal system, which can often be the default, our attorneys work proactively to tell your side of the story. Even as someone who ended up with criminal charges against them, you have a story of how you came to find yourself in this situation. You do not deserve the harshest penalties, and we will fight for dismissal of charges whenever possible. We are also fully prepared to bring your case to trial if necessary to obtain the results you want.
Each case is unique, and we cannot properly inform you of next steps until you visit us for a free consultation. If you are wondering what to do next to protect yourself and your future, call our law firm. We have the information and knowledge you need to feel more confident about meeting these charges head-on.
For a free consultation and to learn more about our experienced criminal defense lawyers serving Newark, Jersey City and the surrounding areas in New Jersey, please call Clark & Clark at 732-303-7857 .