Criminal Mischief in New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3) is a charge related to property damage caused either through recklessness or a purposeful and knowing act.
This can happen in a number of ways, from a domestic dispute where an angry spouse breaks the other’s cell phone, to a standard fight where one party damages another’s property.
Tampering with another person’s property in a way that poses a risk to them or their property also falls under the Criminal Mischief umbrella in New Jersey.
Penalties for Criminal Mischief are based on the value of the property that is damaged or tampered with, and the charge can be graded from Disorderly Person Offense all the way to a Third Degree Crime, with a potential sentence of 3-5 years in state prison.
Criminal Mischief is a serious charge in New Jersey that should be taken seriously by those facing it.
Attorney Matthew Reisig defends clients in all New Jersey counties from Criminal Mischief charges.
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