Criminal Mischief and Vandalism are two of the more commonly charged offenses against property in Pennsylvania.
Criminal mischief can range from a Misdemeanor of the Third Degree to a Felony of the Third Degree based on the monetary loss resulting from the damage to another’s property. Criminal mischief encompasses a wide range of activities from tampering with personal property to defacing or damaging real, personal, private, or public property.
Vandalism (institutional and agricultural) refers to knowingly desecrating, defacing or damaging any church, educational facility, governmental building or property used for agricultural activity. Vandalism is graded as a Felony of the Third Degree if the damage or cost of repair is over $5,000. Otherwise, it is graded as a Misdemeanor of the Second Degree.
Charges involving damage to property can result in both criminal and civil charges being filed against a defendant. Therefore, if you find yourself facing charges or you are a victim of these offenses, it is best to hire a law firm that is experienced in both types of law. Counsel at AAAL has represented numerous clients in both criminal and civil matters for the past 10 years. Call today to arrange your free consultation.