According to Florida law, a person commits the offense of criminal mischief if he or she willfully and maliciously damages property belonging to another. Examples of criminal mischief are spray painting graffiti on a wall or intentionally scratching a car with a key.
Maximum Penalties for Criminal Mischief in Florida
If the damage to the property is less than $200, Criminal Mischief is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of:
- 60 days in jail
- 6 months of probation
- $500 fine
If the damage to the property is between $200 and $1000, Criminal Mischief is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of:
- 12 months of jail
- 12 months of probation
- $1,000 fine
If the damage to the property is above $1000, Criminal Mischief is a third degree felony punishable by a maximum of:
- 5 years in prison
- 5 years of probation
- $5,000 fine
Are you looking for the best Criminal Mischief lawyer in Tampa Florida? Contact Attorney David C. Hardy.
Tampa Attorney David C. Hardy is a former prosecutor that now represents persons accused of Criminal Mischief. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as an Expert in Criminal Trial Law. As a prosecutor and defense attorney, he has extensive experience handling Criminal Mischief cases.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for Criminal Mischief in Hillsborough County Florida, Pinellas County Florida, or Pasco County Florida, Attorney David C. Hardy has the knowledge, skills, and experience to guide you through this process and obtain the best possible results.