Criminal mischief, which is more commonly referred to as vandalism, is an offense that is often taken lightly by those who are charged with it. However, if convicted of criminal mischief, an individual can face severe penalties.
There are varying degrees of criminal mischief, and each degree carries a different penalty. Some punishments may require individuals to spend up to five years in prison, and potentially also pay up to $5,000 in fines. To avoid these penalties, it is essential that you consult with an experienced attorney so that you can obtain more knowledge on your criminal mischief charge, and make more informed decisions regarding your defense.
Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a consultation if you have been charged with criminal mischief in the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Destin, Cinco Bayou, Vernon, Freeport, DeFuniak Springs, Westville, Jay, and the surrounding areas. The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC have experience in criminal mischief cases and will fight to have your charges reduced, or dropped completely.
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According to Fla. Stat. § 806.13, an individual is guilty of criminal mischief when he or she intentionally damages any personal property that belongs to someone else. This includes, but is not limited to, any act of vandalism or the placement of graffiti on property belonging to someone else.
Criminal mischief charges in Florida range from a misdemeanor of the second degree to a felony of the third degree. The factors that determine the severity of the charges are as follows:
The following offenses are classified as third-degree felonies, and individuals convicted of these offenses face a potential prison sentence of up to five years and/or up to a $5,000 fine:
In order for one to be convicted of criminal mischief, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant damaged the property intentionally. If the prosecution is unable to prove to the jury that the damage was done intentionally, a conviction will not stand.
In addition to claiming the damage was done unintentionally, other defenses to the crime of criminal mischief include:
These defenses do not apply to every situation. Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced South Walton defense attorney who can evaluate the unique details surrounding your arrest and determine which defense, if any, applies to your specific case.
If you are facing criminal charges for vandalism or property damage in the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Pensacola, Milton, Bonifay, Noma, DeFuniak Springs, Chipley, and the surrounding areas, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today. Clay Adkinson of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC is a devoted DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney who will use his steadfast approach to help you avoid the penalties associated with your alleged offense.
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