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Criminal Mischief

Criminal Mischief Charge Defense Attorneys New Brunswick

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New Jersey Criminal Mischief Defense

Although criminal mischief in New Jersey can be a fourth, third or second degree crime, it is most often prosecuted as a disorderly person’s offense. Regardless of the degree of the crime, a criminal mischief conviction in New Jersey can lead to jail or prison time and will result in a criminal record. Thus, it is important to get a good attorney that knows how to defend an allegation of criminal mischief in New Jersey courts. At Jack Venturi Law, our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys will fight for you!

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A good attorney can defeat the charges against you regardless of the evidence in the case. Our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys bring passion and dedication to your case to help get the job done. With an office in New Brunswick, our criminal defense lawyers can represent you in any court in New Jersey. Call us today to speak with a tough, smart attorney and begin the fight against your charges.

2C:17-3. Criminal mischief

a. A person is guilty of criminal mischief if he:

(1) Purposely or knowingly damages tangible property of another or damages tangible property of another recklessly or negligently in the employment of fire, explosives or other dangerous means listed in subsection a. of N.J.S. 2C:17-2; or

(2) Purposely, knowingly or recklessly tampers with tangible property of another so as to endanger person or property, including the damaging or destroying of a rental premises by a tenant in retaliation for institution of eviction proceedings.

b. Grading. (1) Criminal mischief is a crime of the third degree if the actor purposely or knowingly causes pecuniary loss of $ 2,000.00 or more.

(2) Criminal mischief is a crime of the fourth degree if the actor causes pecuniary loss in excess of $ 500.00 but less than $ 2000.00. It is a disorderly persons offense if the actor causes pecuniary loss of $ 500.00 or less.

(3) Criminal mischief is a crime of the third degree if the actor damages, defaces, eradicates, alters, receives, releases or causes the loss of any research property used by the research facility, or otherwise causes physical disruption to the functioning of the research facility. The term ‘physical disruption” does not include any lawful activity that results from public, governmental, or research facility employee reaction to the disclosure of information about the research facility.

(4) Criminal mischief is a crime of the fourth degree if the actor damages, removes or impairs the operation of any device, including, but not limited to, a sign, signal, light or other equipment, which serves to regulate or ensure the safety of air traffic at any airport, landing field, landing strip, heliport, helistop or any other aviation facility; however, if the damage, removal or impediment of the device recklessly causes bodily injury or damage to property, the actor is guilty of a crime of the third degree, or if it recklessly causes a death, the actor is guilty of a crime of the second degree.

(5) Criminal mischief is a crime of the fourth degree if the actor interferes or tampers with any airport, landing field, landing strip, heliport, helistop or any other aviation facility; however if the interference or tampering with the airport, landing field, landing strip, heliport, helistop or other aviation facility recklessly causes bodily injury or damage to property, the actor is guilty of a crime of the third degree, or if it recklessly causes a death, the actor is guilty of a crime of the second degree.

(6) Criminal mischief is a crime of the third degree if the actor tampers with a grave, crypt, mausoleum or other site where human remains are stored or interred, with the purpose to desecrate, destroy or steal such human remains or any part thereof.

(7) Criminal mischief is a crime of the third degree if the actor purposely or knowingly causes a substantial interruption or impairment of public communication, transportation, supply of water, oil, gas or power, or other public service. Criminal mischief is a crime of the second degree if the substantial interruption or impairment recklessly causes death.

(8) Criminal mischief is a crime of the fourth degree if the actor purposely or knowingly breaks, digs up, obstructs or otherwise tampers with any pipes or mains for conducting gas, oil or water, or any works erected for supplying buildings with gas, oil or water, or any appurtenances or appendages therewith connected, or injures, cuts, breaks down, destroys or otherwise tampers with any electric light wires, poles or appurtenances, or any telephone, telecommunications, cable television or telegraph wires, lines, cable or appurtenances.
Our New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys can represent you with any of these common criminal offenses in any New Jersey municipal court:

  • Simple Assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a)
  • Criminal Mischief , N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3
  • Trespassing, Defiant Trespass, N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3
  • Hazing, N.J.S.A. 2C:40-3
  • Shoplifting, N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11
  • Obstruction, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1
  • Resisting Arrest, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2
  • Hindering Apprehension, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3
  • Contempt, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9
  • Disorderly Conduct, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2
  • Harassment N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4
  • Vandalism, Graffiti, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-10, 2C:33-11
  • Maintaining a Nuisance, 2C:33-12
  • Underage Possession of Alcohol, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15
  • Loitering to Obtain CDS, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2.1
  • Providing Alcohol to Minors, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-17
  • Smoking in Public, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-13

With an office in New Brunswick, our criminal defense lawyers can represent you in any court in New Jersey. Call us today to speak to a tough, smart New Jersey attorney and begin the fight against your charges.

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