What is criminal mischief?

When an individual is charged with a crime, it is important that they understand the consequences that they may face if they are convicted. Criminal mischief is a crime characterized by intentionally damaging another person’s property. Like any other crime, there are several different degrees of this offense that depend upon the severity of what took place. The degrees of criminal mischief in New York State are as follows:

  • Criminal mischief in the fourth degree: this offense is characterized by an individual who intentionally damages the property of another person and causes more than $250 worth of damage. This is a Class A misdemeanor.
  • Criminal mischief in the third degree: this offense is characterized by an individual who intentionally causes more than $250 worth of property or who damages someone else’s motor vehicle by breaking into it and stealing property. This is a Class E felony.
  • Criminal mischief in the second degree: this offense occurs when an individual intentionally causes more than $1500 in property damage. This crime is a Class D felony.
  • Criminal mischief in the first degree: this offense requires an individual to intentionally damage property by means of an explosive. This crime is a Class B felony.

If you have been charged with criminal mischief, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.