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Criminal Mischief Basics

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Criminal mischief charges come in several varieties, there are misdemeanor

criminal mischief charges and there are felonies, it all depends on how much

damage the state can prove in terms of how much punishment they can dole out

for this look ninety four point two seven five percent of these cases are

you know, domestic in nature, a jealous lover a cheating spouse gets back on the

other person, you know, you've watched Dateline or the Lifetime channel, you've

seen the scenario play out a hundred times. That's how these things usually

play out, the damage is typically done to a car, typically done to the front of a

house, things of that sort. The problem is damage alone doesn't get

you a criminal mischief charge, you got to have more than damage, if it were only

damaged then I mean, every auto accident would be a crime because you're

committing damage to another person's property, no, you've got to have malicious

intent, if you've got malicious intent combined with damage then you

potentially have a criminal charge, now malicious intent is a pretty foggy

notion, one time there was a young adult for example living on and off with his

parents they had a very ornate nice liquor cabinet and he decided it was

time to have some of that good fine whiskey that apparently his dad was

saving for a special occasion, problem is, the cabinet was locked, smart move for

most parents, however, lots of damage, thousands of dollars worth of damage to

get into this thing and get out all the liquor, the bottom line is, the kid got

charged with the criminal mischief and the case was thrown out because that the