Criminal mischief is more commonly known as vandalism, and is common among youth or first time offenders.
Any person who willfully damages the property of another person commits criminal mischief. Any willful damage to the property of another person is chargeable as criminal mischief. Accidental damage to property does not satisfy the criteria to sustain a conviction. Most charges of criminal mischief are misdemeanors, though they can be felonious.
Criminal Mischief Lawyer in Broward County, FL
Have you or a loved one been charged with criminal mischief in Broward County, FL? If so, it is in your best interests to retain legal counsel immediately. Your attorney will be able to assist you in preparing the best defense to prove your innocence or minimize any criminal penalties you may face.
Evan A. Hoffman is a criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who represents clients accused of property crimes all over Broward County, including Fort Lauderdale, Margate, Dania Beach, Lauderhill, Hallandale Beach, and many surrounding areas. Call (954) 524-4474 today to have our lawyer review your case during a free, confidential consultation.
Misdemeanor and Felony Charges for Criminal Mischief in Broward County
In the State of Florida, criminal mischief is classified and penalized based on the value of the property alleged to have been damaged.
- Where the property damage is valued at $200 or less, the person commits a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail.
- Where the property damage is greater than $200 but less than $1,000, the offense is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail.
- Where the amount of damage to the property exceeds $1,000 the offense is a third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment.
Common defenses to charges of criminal mischief typically involve a lack of intent. Specifically, the defense argues that the accused did not intend to damage the property in question. Other defenses explain that the accused was protecting him or herself, or others. Lastly, one common defense states that the property in question was not damaged by the accused’s conduct, or that the property was damaged in an altercation rather than a malicious act.
It is imperative that you contact an attorney in order to lessen or remove any potential penalties you may face for alleged criminal mischief.
The Hoffman Firm Lawyer for Criminal Mischief Crimes in Broward County, Florida
If you have been arrested or you think you could be under investigation for an alleged criminal mischief offense in South Florida, you will want to seek legal representation as soon as possible. The Hoffman Firm can help you explore all of your legal options.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman defends clients in Sunrise, Davie, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Pembroke Pines, and other nearby communities in Broward County. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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