Criminal mischief is commonly referred to as graffiti or vandalism. Florida law defines it as a person who willfully and maliciously injures or damages the real or personal property of another. It is a second degree misdemeanor if the damage was valued at less than $200, a first degree misdemeanor if the property was worth between $200 and $1,000 and a third degree felony if the property was valued at above $1,000.
It is also important to note that the amount of damage to property owned by separate persons, if damaged during the same incident, may be added together in order to determine whether to charge the offense as a felony or misdemeanor. If the accused is a minor charged with placing graffiti on any public or private property, they may have their driver’s license revoked or withheld from being issued for up to one year.
Attorney Jason Seidman has handled hundreds of Criminal Mischief cases and understands how they are prosecuted and exactly what must be proven should the case go to trial. Call 954-740-0502 today to set up your free consultation so that you can go over any and all potential defenses to your Criminal Mischief case and discuss all potential outcomes with Attorney Jason Seidman.