Criminal mischief is a type of property crime that is broadly defined. Charges can be filed against individuals for causing property damage/destruction. Further, aggravating factors may increase the extent of the penalties carried by such charges. While typically a misdemeanor, criminal mischief charges can be elevated to a felony in some cases.
You could be facing jail time, fines, and other serious penalties if you have been arrested for criminal mischief. The good news is that you are not alone. Our Cincinnati criminal mischief lawyers are here to protect your rights and fight for the best outcome in your case.
Our Cincinnati criminal defense attorneys are former prosecutors with decades of collective experience. We know what to expect in these cases and can guide you through this time.
Set up a free consultation today. Contact the team at Patituce & Associates when you call 513-657-2440.
Penalties for Criminal Mischief Convictions
If criminal mischief results in injury or a risk of injury to others, it is considered a first-degree misdemeanor. Should personal property—such as computer—be tampered with, it can result in significant time in jail as a first-degree misdemeanor and other penalties depending on the damage caused to the individuals involved.
In cases where aircrafts, parts, or cargo are tampered with resulting in risk of harm to others, it may be considered a fifth-degree felony. Likewise, should the act be committed when the aircraft is occupied, it can be a fourth-degree felony.
The penalties can include the following:
- First-degree misdemeanor – Up to six months in jail and potential fines
- Fifth-degree felony – Between 6 and 12 months of incarceration and fines
- Fourth-degree felony – Up to 18 months in prison and additional fines
Call Our Cincinnati Criminal Mischief Lawyers Today!
With more than three decades of collective experience and insight, the team at Patituce & Associates is here to defend your name and your future. We have proven skill in resolving complex criminal cases, taking 200+ to trial on behalf of our clients.
We are the firm that prosecutors, law enforcement, and other parties come to when they are in legal trouble. If you have been accused of criminal mischief, we encourage you to reach out to our seasoned team of Cincinnati criminal defense lawyers today.
Ready to schedule a free initial consultation with Patituce & Associates? Call 513-657-2440 today to take the first step.