Washington State Malicious Mischief Attorney
Is a Malicious Mischief Charge Serious?
Malicious Mischief (also known as Property Destruction in some courts)
is defined as knowingly and maliciously damaging the property of another.
A typical Malicious Mischief charge involves breaking the property of
a loved one or a business. Breaking a bar window, damaging a partner's
cell phone, or any other form of intentional property damage will result
in a charge of Malicious Mischief. While the charge may not sound that
serious, prosecutors and courts often hand out jail sentences on these
cases as there is clear evidence of criminal behavior due to the damaged
property. Often time victims are upset as well. Still, consequences for
a Malicious Mischief conviction vary depending upon the degree of the
crime. There are three different levels of Malicious Mischief in Washington
State. If the cost to repair the damage is less than $750, then the charge
is Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree - a Gross Misdemeanor. Anything
over $750 is a felony.
Malicious Mischief Third Degree carries a maximum penalty of a $5000 fine
and one year in jail. Malicious Mischief 1 and 2 (felonies) carry a maximum
imprisonment up to ten years and fines of up to $20,000 depending on the
severity of the crime. Due to the strict nature of these punishments,
and the many possible defenses to a Malicious Mischief charge, it is absolutely
vital that a Lynnwood criminal defense attorney from the
Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear is contacted as soon as possible.
Contact Attorney Lance Fryrear in Lynnwood
My name is Lance Fryrear and I have the experience and knowledge to help
you combat the charges you are facing. When your future hangs in the balance,
there is no room for anything less than the best legal defense. If you
have been accused of malicious mischief, you should contact me as soon
as possible for a free consultation.
Looking for a lawyer for your criminal case in Lynnwood, WA? I have over
17 years of hands-on experience as a criminal lawyer throughout the courts
of Washington State. My experience gives me an edge in finding the best
possible way to defend your malicious mischief charge. We may be able
to get your matter dismissed if we can show that you were the true owner
of the property damaged. If not, we can often settle the matter with the
alleged victim and then ask the Court to dismiss your matter under a special
statute called Compromise of a Misdemeanor. Regardless of your specific
situation, I will vigorously research every aspect of your case and do
everything in my power to protect your record and your freedom. The prosecutor
is going to be working hard against you, so you need someone on your side
who has the experience needed to fight back. You can count on me to work
hard to aggressively defend you and your interests.
A malicious mischief charge should not be taken lightly, so know your rights.
Contact a Lynnwood criminal defense lawyer
at the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear
for help with your case.