Criminal Mischief Lawyers In New Jersey

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Our Criminal Mischief lawyers are committed to fighting your charges. You will benefit from our extensive trial experience.
Most importantly, we will be honest about your chances of winning your case.
We never guarantee results. 

However, we absolutely guarantee that we will aggressively fight for you!

Your Criminal Mischief case is as important to us as it is to you.
Your freedom & reputation are on the line.
Each case is different and we welcome the opportunity to protect & defend you.

When you hire us, you will get complete access to us.
We respond to all communications & love answering questions. 

Our fees are reasonable and we offer payment plans. 

NJ Criminal Mischief Law
NJSA 2C:17-3

A person is guilty of Criminal Mischief if:
  • he or she purposely or knowingly damages the tangible property of another or damages the tangible property of another recklessly or negligently in the employment of fire, explosives or other dangerous means.
  • he or she purposely, knowingly or recklessly tampers with the tangible property of another so as to endanger a person or property, including the damaging or destroying of a rental premises by a tenant in retaliation for institution of eviction proceedings. 

Is it a felony?

Felony Degree

Property Value Damage

Prison & Fines

Second-Degree

  • impairment of a public service and this interruption causes the death of another person
  • punishable by a sentence to serve between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, a fine of up to $150,000

Third-Degree

  • property damage amounting to $2,000 or more
  • punishable by a sentence to serve between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison, a fine of up to $15,000

Fourth-Degree

  • property damage amounting to between $500 and $2,000
  • punishable by a sentence to serve up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison, a fine of up to $10,000

Disorderly Persons Offense

  • property damage amounting to $500 or less
  • Murder
  • Aggravated Sex Assault
  • Manslaughter
  • Drug distribution

important: just some of the Consequences of a felony conviction

  • You will have a Felony conviction on your record for 10 years;
  • You will be ordered to pay restitution to the victim;
  • You may be ordered to perform community service;
  • You may lose your professional license;
  • You may get kicked out of school;
  • You cannot join the military;
  • You cannot become a police officer;
  • You may face mandatory imprisonment.

Is criminal mischief the same as trespassing?

Trespassing is not the same as criminal mischief.

However, these two crimes are commonly “charged” together because you usually commit a “trespass” before you commit “criminal mischief”.

How is criminal mischief committed?

Criminal mischief can be committed “intentionally” or “recklessly”.

An example of intentional criminal mischief could be lighting a fire in your neighbor’s mailbox.

In this case, you will also get charged with destruction of property.

Reckless criminal mischief could involve driving your car on a section of your neighbor’s lawn. 

You may have had no intention of destroying the lawn, but your “reckless” behavior & conscious disregard did indeed damage the lawn.

If you plead guilty or are found guilty of this crime, you will have to pay for your neighbor’s mailbox & lawn repair.

We are here to help

As New Jersey Criminal defense attorneys, we are here to defend & protect you.

Getting arrested and charged with a crime is a traumatizing experience.

We pride ourselves in fighting for people and defending their innocence.

A criminal conviction will negatively affect your life in many ways.

In addition to being cut off from countless employment opportunities, you face the possibility of imprisonment.

Your choice of a criminal defense attorney is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. 

Meet with us for FREE & tell us your side of the story.

 

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