Criminal mischief is a serious criminal charge. If you are facing charges of abuse of public records you should consult with a Denver criminal defense attorney immediately.

Criminal mischief is when a person damages somebody else’s personal property or the property the accused owns jointly with the alleged victim. Criminal mischief charges very often arise out of domestic disputes and domestic violence cases. When these allegations arise in the context of a domestic violence case or the alleged victim/accuser is somebody you are or once were in a romantic relationship with then you will be subject to a mandatory protection order.

Contact a Colorado criminal defense lawyer representing clients in Denver, CO today to schedule your initial consultation.

The elements of criminal mischief are defined by C.R.S. 18-4-501(1) which lists the following elements:

1.         That the defendant,

2.         in the State of Colorado, at or about the date and place charged,

3.         knowingly,

4.         damaged the real or personal property of one or more other persons, including property owned by the defendant jointly with another person or property owned by the defendant in which, at the time of the damage, another person had a possessory or proprietary interest,

5.         in the course of a single criminal episode.

Criminal mischief can be any offense level from either a class 3 misdemeanor to a class 2 felony depending upon the value of the personal property damaged. If the value is:

  • Less than $300
    • Up to 6 months in jail
    • A fine of $50 to $750
  • $300 to $750
    • 3-12 months in jail
    • A fine of $250,$1,000
  • $750 to $1,000
    • 6-18 months in jail
    • A fine of $500-$5,000
  • $1,000 to $5,000
    • 12-18 months in prison
    • A fine of $1,000 to $100,000
  • $5,000-$20,000
    • 1 to 3 years in prison
    • A fine of $1,000 to $100,000
  • $20,000-$100,000
    • 2 to 6 years in prison
    • A fine of $2,000 to $500,000
  • $100,000-$1,000,000
    • 4-12 years in prison
    • A fine of $3,000 to $750,000
  • More than $1,000,000
    • 8 to 24 years in prison
    • A fine of $5,000-$1,000,000

If you would like to schedule an initial consultation, contact a Colorado criminal defense attorney, we represent clients in Denver, Colorado, and the surrounding area. The Savela Law Firm, P.C. Give us a call at (720) 821-1001 or complete our inquiry form.

If you have been charged with criminal mischief an experienced Denver criminal defense lawyer is essential. Get in touch with experienced Denver criminal mischief defense attorney Jason Savela by calling (720) 821-1001.