The Law in Plain English – Boca Raton ➔ Boynton ➔ West Palm Beach ➔ Jupiter’s Top Criminal Lawyer Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. on:Criminal Mischief (damage less than $1000) – F.S. 806.13
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To be convicted of criminal mischief (damage less than $1000), you must intentionally cause damage to someone else’s property. (i.e. vandalism, graffiti, etc.).
The level of the offense charged and therefore the severity of the punishment depends entirely on the amount of damage that is done. Less than $200 in damage is a 2nd degree misdemeanor, which could land you up to 60 days in jail, and $500 in fines. Between $200 and $1k in damage is a 1st degree misdemeanor, which could get you up to 364 days in jail and up to $1k in fines. Causing damages greater than 1k is a 3rd degree felony, which could result in up to 5 years in prison and up to $5k in fines.
In addition to your sentence and fines, when convicted of criminal mischief, community service hours can accompany the punishment.
If you have been charged with criminal mischief, you have options and defenses to your case, depending on the specific details of your case. Contact us to discuss your options to prevent a guilty plea and conviction.
The damage created wasn’t intentional. Can I still be convicted?
In some cases, yes. In order to prove criminal mischief was committed, it doesn’t need to be proven that the defendant intentionally meant to cause damage.
If there was no real damage, do they have a case against me?
It is required that damage to property be proven in order to have a criminal mischief case. It is also required that the defendant, and only the defendant, caused the alleged damage to the property.
What are the punishments for criminal mischief?
Depending on the amount of damage done to the property, the degree of your penalty will vary. Lower than $200 in damages is a 2nd degree misdemeanor, whereas above $1,000 in damages is defined as a 3rd degree felony, which comes with an up to 5 year prison sentence.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with Criminal Mischief in Palm Beach County (from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and up to Jupiter), or any of the surrounding areas use the form below to drop me a note. Let me know a bit about yourself, what’s happened, and a good time to contact you.
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