Criminal Mischief Attorney in Rochester, New York
Property Damage Crimes and Vandalism
Criminal mischief is the crime of intentionally damaging or vandalizing
the property of another, usually in minimal amounts. Under New York law,
criminal mischief can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending
on the circumstances, and penalties range from fines and community service
to jail or prison time. Depending on what was damaged – public or
private property – at the time of your arrest, punishments will
vary. If you have been arrested for criminal mischief, it is important
that you contact one of our
criminal defense lawyers in Rochester today.
Common Forms of Criminal Mischief
As the name seems to imply, criminal mischief charges usually arise in
cases with young adults and teenagers, as there is typically no "malicious
intent" behind the crime. Rather, small acts of vandalism and minimal
damages enacted against what is seen as public property make up the majority
of criminal mischief incidents. What most people do not realize is that
there is no victimless crime, and if someone is caught in an act of criminal
mischief, punishments will be carried out to the extent of the law.
Crimes that fall under criminal mischief that are often overlooked include:
Graffiti art: Perhaps the most common form of criminal mischief, most people fail to
realize that graffiti art – or spray paint art – on property
that another person owns is vandalism. Many acts of graffiti occur at
night in obscure locations where the odds of being caught are minimal.
This may have led to the incorrect assumption in the public eye that you
can't or won't be tried for graffiti vandalism.
Toilet paper vandalism: Using toilet paper to deface someone's home or property – also
known as TPing – can be considered criminal mischief if the extent
of the vandalism requires significant time or financial costs to clean.
Municipality damage: Intentional and minimal damage to another person's property is usually
considered a misdemeanor. If the property – a side of a building
or a car, for example – is owned by a municipality or federal body,
though, even slight vandalism could be considered a felony.
Work with an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for criminal mischief, no matter your intentions,
early intervention in the criminal process is key. Act now and retain
the representation of the
Law Office of Robert King. Many criminal mischief cases can be dismissed before they even go to
trial, depending on the degree of damage, but you will need our help to
get to that quick resolution. If you do go to court, however, you can
rest easy knowing that an attorney with an impressive record of success
is on your side and fighting for you.
If you have been charged with criminal mischief or vandalism crimes in
the State of New York, do not hesitate to contact a Rochester criminal
lawyer from the Law Office of Robert King today. Personalized and
free case evaluations are available.