People generally think of Criminal Mischief (N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3) as a property crime in New Jersey, but the truth is that there are circumstances under which it can be a deadly serious charge.
There are three distinct sets of conduct specified in the law.
If they result in a person’s death, it will prompt a second degree charge of Criminal Mischief, which can send you to prison for five to ten years, result in fines of up to $150,000, and leave you open to civil litigation for wrongful death and other damages.
If you interrupt public communications, transportation, or public services, and that interruption results in a death, you’re in this category.
Same for tampering with airport signaling devices that allow for safe air travel, or for damaging airfields, helipads, runways, and similar.
Criminal Mischief is fundamentally a property crime, but under these sections of the statute, the type of property that’s being damaged matters, and so does the outcome of the property damage.
You don’t want to go to jail for as long as a decade or live with a felony conviction for the rest of your life.
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