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What Do Criminal Mischief Charges Involve?

Author Clark & Noonan, LLC
Posted June 16, 2017
Category Criminal Defense

Wall New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys serving Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County and all surrounding NJ areas.

Posted: September 23, 2016

Some people have a night or two in their life where things get a bit out of hand. Sometimes those situations can turn into criminal mischief charges and land you with a criminal record and possible jail time. Criminal mischief in New Jersey mostly involves intentional vandalism, trespassing and/or property damage. These charges come with hefty consequences depending on the amount of damage you imposed.

What Constitutes Criminal Mischief?

You may get a criminal mischief charge in New Jersey if:

  1. You deliberately damaged property belonging to someone else.
  2. Your negligent or reckless actions caused damage to someone else’s property, which includes fire and explosives.
  3. You knowingly interfered with another’s property, which put them or the property in danger.

There are varying degrees and penalties for these property crimes in New Jersey including:

  • Third Degree Criminal Mischief — You caused $2000 or more in damages to personal or state property including graveyards. Your potential penalty could be 3-5 years in state prison.
  • Fourth Degree Criminal Mischief — Your behavior and intentions caused between $500 and $2000 in damages. These charges may also involve removing or tampering with lights, signs and signals of air traffic devices. You could face up to 18 months in prison.
  • Disorderly Person Offense — The damage amounts to less than $500. Your penalties may include up to 6 months in jail.

Criminal mischief charges can have a significant impact on your future and may hurt your relationships and career. Our lawyers in Jersey City know how to aggressively fight on your behalf and compile a compelling case to reduce or eliminate your charges.

If you’ve been charged with criminal mischief, please call Clark & Noonan, LLC in Jersey City today 732-333-3011. Our lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey including Jersey City, Freehold, Essex, Hudson and Monmouth County.

Category: Theft and Property Crimes

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