A malicious mischief charge is a serious crime and should not be considered just a prank. Depending on certain circumstances, a malicious mischief charge can range from a gross misdemeanor up to a Class B Felony. Beyond simply jail time and a fine, you can expect a conviction to come with an order to pay restitution for the damage done, probation, and a no contact order.
The basic way of violating the law is by maliciously and knowingly causing physical damage to the property of another. Malicious mischief 3° (a gross misdemeanor) is typically charged when the damage done is less than $750. If the value is more than that but less than $5,000, then it is normally charged as malicious mischief 2°, which is a Class C Felony. If the damage is valued above $5,000, it would be a Class B Felony. In a few instances, depending on the damaged item, the value is irrelevant and can result in penalties above what would normally be charged.
If you are facing a malicious mischief charge, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. In some instances, your attorney might even be able to speak with the alleged victim and work out a resolution. If you have questions, contact the Law Offices of Jason Newcombe today for a free consultation with an experienced Washington criminal defense lawyer.