Criminal mischief (O.R.C. 2909.07) typically denotes damage, destruction, or interference to another person’s property. However, a number of circumstances in the statute affect the grade of the charge and potential penalties.
This means you could face a misdemeanor or felony conviction, which can lead to jail or prison time, heavy fines, loss of professional licenses, loss of firearm rights, and other serious consequences.
Don’t risk facing this challenge alone. Get in touch with a qualified Cleveland criminal mischief lawyer today by calling Patituce & Associates at 440-471-7784. We are here to help you!
Misdemeanor & Felony Criminal Mischief in Ohio
When the alleged conduct creates a risk of injury to others, the charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, with up to six months in jail if you’re convicted. Similarly, when a computer is tampered with under the statute, you’ll also face a first-degree misdemeanor charge, with penalties scaling up based on the losses the victim suffers.
Criminal mischief can be a felony crime. When aircrafts, their parts, or their cargo are tampered with and create the risk of harm to another, the charge will be a fifth-degree felony, with 6 – 12 months’ incarceration if convicted. When the act is against an occupied aircraft, or poses a substantial risk of harm to another, it’s a fourth-degree felony. This means you can face up to 18 months in prison.
Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony criminal mischief charge, you need to call an experienced Cleveland criminal defense attorney.
Representing Criminal Mischief Cases in Cleveland & Beyond
A conviction for criminal mischief can lead to jail or prison time, heavy fines, loss of professional licenses, loss of firearm rights, and other serious consequences.
As former prosecutors, we at Patituce & Associates understand the ins and outs of prosecution tactics. Coupled with more than seven decades of combined experience in the legal field, this knowledge is just one of the reasons our firm may be the right choice for your criminal mischief case.
If you or someone you love was arrested, don’t wait to contact our Cleveland criminal mischief attorneys now for a free, no-obligation case evaluation at 440-471-7784.