If you are charged with an
Edmonds Malicious Mischief charge, you are being accused of purposefully damaging the property of another.
The most common Malicious Mischief charge is the
gross misdemeanor, Malicious Mischief in the Third degree, or commonly called "Mal
Mis 3." If convicted of an Edmonds Malicious Mischief 3rd degree charge, you could be facing up to 364 days in jail and a $5000
fine. Additionally, a conviction would need to be disclosed on many employment
and tenancy applications, which could affect your ability to find a job
or housing. In order to have the best chance at avoiding these potential
consequences, you should contact an
Edmonds Malicious Mischief Defense Attorney as soon as possible.
A person is guilty of Malicious Mischief 3 in Edmonds or elsewhere in
Washington State when he or she "knowingly and maliciously causes
physical damage to the property of another, under circumstances not amounting
to malicious mischief in the first or second degree" (RCW 9A.48.090(a)), or when he or she "writes, paints, or draws any inscription, figure,
or mark of any type on any public or private building or other structure
or any real or personal property owned by any other person unless the
person has obtained the express permission of the owner or operator of
the property, under circumstances not amounting to malicious mischief
in the first or second degree." (RCW 9A.48.090(b), commonly referred to as tagging or graffiti). If the amount of damage
caused is over $750, you could potentially be charged with felony malicious
mischief (either first or second degree).
There are possible defenses to an Edmonds Mal Mis 3 charge that include
the property belonged to you alone (it is not a crime to destroy your
own property), that the property was damaged by accident, that the property
had prior damage only, or that the property was not damaged at all.
There are many hidden defenses with a malicious mischief charge; so,
it is best to contact an Edmonds Malicious Mischief 3 Defense Attorney quickly. I,
Malicious Mischief Three Defense Attorney Lance R. Fryrear, have over a decade of experience defending malicious mischief charges
and I am very familiar with all of the possible defenses to this charge.
For many of
my clients, I am able to resolve their cases without a conviction.
Contact Edmonds Malicious Mischief Defense Attorney Lance Fryrear today for a free consultation.