Best Defense of Your Edmonds Malicious Mischief Charge

By Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear

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.

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