Malicious Mischief Lawyer
Malicious Mischief is one of the most common domestic violence crimes. Many people do not realize that a simple kick to a door or breaking a cup in your home can land you in jail. Before you know it, an officer has arrested you and taken you to jail for seemingly minor conduct. A malicious mischief lawyer can help.
Police officers and prosecuting attorneys aggressively pursue Malicious Mischief charges. The most common form of this charge in the Vancouver courts is Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree. Malicious Mischief 3 is a gross misdemeanor, carrying a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. In its more serious forms, Malicious Mischief may be classified in the first or second degrees (Class B and Class C felonies, respectively).
Washington law defines Malicious Mischief as “knowingly and maliciously causing physical damage to the property of another.” RCW 9A.48.090. This means that a prosecutor must prove that you knowingly damaged another’s property with an evil intent.
One common issue in any property damage case is when there is partial ownership over some property. For example, if you purchase a car for a relative and make the payments on the car, but the other person drives it, then that other person has partial ownership in the car. You could be criminally liable for damaging the vehicle.
Hire An Experienced Malicious Mischief Attorney
Each case is unique, and each case requires a skilled attorney who will methodically examine the case and interview those involved. Keeping in mind that the prosecuting attorney has the burden of proving your guilt, we understand that there are two sides to every story. Having professional representation on your side can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad outcome.
Hire an experienced Malicious Mischief lawyer. Call us for a free no-obligation consultation, or contact us here.