Malicious mischief is a non-violent crime. Non-violent crimes don’t involve injury to a victim or use of force, instead they involve some type of economic loss or property damage to a victim. In Washington State, malicious mischief in the first degree involves physical property damage that exceeds $5,000. It is a class B felony punishable by 10 years in prison and/ or $20,000 in fines. But malicious mischief also has two lesser offenses: second and third degrees.
In Washington State, a person is guilty of second degree malicious mischief if they knowingly and maliciously caused property damage exceeding $750. They are also guilty if they create a substantial risk of impairing or interrupting public services, such as:
Yes, it’s the same crime. Criminal mischief involves intentionally damaging property belonging to someone else. Washington State uses the term “malicious mischief” instead of "criminal mischief.”
No. Malicious mischief is more detailed. A defendant must be have:
If the defendant only meddled or impaired property, then it will be considered criminal tampering.
It’s possible. In Washington State, malicious mischief is charged as a class C felony. It’s punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. S it is possible for a judge to sentence the defendant to only pay the $10,000 fine.
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