DO YOU FACE VANDALISM CHARGES IN WASHINGTON?
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In Washington State, Malicious Mischief charges are filed when a person is believed to have knowingly and maliciously caused physical damage to the property of another person or business. Most arrests are based upon the alleged victim's accusations, which are often times inaccurate and exaggerated. A timely intervention by a defense attorney can sometimes prevent criminal charges from being filed.
What are the charges for Malicious Mischief ?
In Washington State, Malicious Mischief can be charged as a gross misdemeanor or a felony. The charges are based upon the dollar amount of the damaged or vandalized property.
|3rd Degree||2nd Degree||1st Degree|
|Charge||Gross Misdemeanor||Class C felony||Class B felony|
|Jail||24 hours to 1 year||Up to 5 years||Up to 10 years|
|Property Damage||$750 or less||$750 to $5,000||$5,000 and Above|
|Fines and Penalties||Up to $5,000||Up to $10,000||Up to $20,000|
The name of the crime varies depending upon the court that handles the criminal complaint. In Seattle and Tacoma Municipal Court, the official name of the crime is Destruction of Property. Malicious Mischief is the name of the charge in the Puyallup, Olympia, and Lakewood, WA courts. Destruction of Property and Vandalism are subject to the same property damage limits and criminal consequences as Malicious Mischief.
Regardless of the degree charged the goal remain the same. We will help you avoid the conviction for the criminal charge, but perhaps more importantly, keep you out of jail.
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