Have you ever had your tires slashed, car keyed, or graffiti on your house? Such actions give rise to a charge of Criminal Mischief. Pursuant to Florida Statute 806.13 a person commits the offense of criminal mischief if he or she willfully and maliciously injures or damages by any means any real or personal property belonging to another, including, but not limited to, the placement of graffiti thereon or other acts of vandalism thereto.
Criminal Mischief involving damage less than $200 in a second degree misdemeanor. If the damage is between $200 and $1000, the charge is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and one year probation. If the damage was greater than $1000, or done to church or public utility, or for a second offense, the charge is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in state prison. If the crime involved graffiti, there are also minimum fines and community service hours that must be imposed. Minors may also lose their driver’s license or not become eligible for a license for an extra year. Parents may also become liable for the damage caused by minors.
Are you facing a Criminal Mischief charge in Tampa Bay? A criminal defense lawyer from The Lawler Firm can help.
Criminal Mischief charges cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case. In some cases, diversion programs are available that may result in the charges being dismissed. In other cases, identity of the perpetrator or value of the damage can be attacked. A Tampa Criminal Mischief defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
If you are facing Criminal Mischief charges, call The Lawler Firm now for a free no obligation consultation. You will speak to your actual Criminal Mischief criminal defense attorney, who will meet with you, even on evenings and weekends. Call Now (813) 413-8828!