What is Mischief?
Mischief is a broad term that covers many different illegal acts. The most common form of Mischief refers to the deliberate destruction or damage of Property. The term Property is also defined broadly, covering personal belongings, vehicles, public property, buildings and real estate. A second form of Mischief is obstruction or interference with property that stops other people from enjoying or using the property. This charge is often used in situations of public protest.
Mischief can similarly apply to computers, if someone has hacked someone’s else information. Unauthorized Use of Computer.
Conviction and possible sentences.
Mischief is categorized as being Under or Over $5,000 worth of damage. The courts treat Mischief Over more severely than Mischief Under. The punishment for Mischief can vary depending on the damage and circumstances. Often jail will be sought by the Crown Attorney. In situations where a cultural, religious or memorial has been damaged, the punishment can be more severe.
What to do if charged?
You have the right to remain silent when interacting with the police. You should exercise that right without fail. Anything that you say to the police, even if it seems trivial, can be detrimental to your case. Tell the police that you wish to speak with a lawyer, and from there on out, remain silent.
Criminal Defence Lawyers
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