Criminal Mischief Defense
Criminal mischief is defined as a criminal act against real or personal
property – damage, defacement, or destruction. An individual convicted
of criminal mischief is proven to have intentionally and willfully damaged
property or acted recklessly and damage was caused as a result.
Although criminal mischief covers a variety of crimes, the two most common
offenses are vandalism and graffiti. Property damage caused by arson is
not considered criminal mischief.
Criminal Mischief Sentencing
In Florida, criminal mischief is punished depending upon the value of property
damaged, the type of property, and the number of prior convictions, if any.
If the property value is below $1000, criminal mischief will be charged as a
If the property value is $1000 or above, it will be charged as a
- If the property damaged was a place of worship or a public telephone, it
will be charged as a felony.
For criminal mischief involving graffiti:
- 1st conviction carries a fine of $250 or more
- 2nd conviction carries a fine of $500 or more
- 3rd or subsequent conviction carries a fine of $1000 or more
criminal defense attorneys at LeavenLaw are experienced in criminal mischief cases and
understand what those specific crimes entail and what defense strategies
work best in the courtroom. Using knowledge and experience of Florida’s
criminal mischief laws, our attorneys will review your case and determine
the best course of action for your particular situation.