Individual’s charged with criminal mischief in Morris County, New Jersey also tends to find themselves facing additional charges like burglary, trespassing, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats and aggravated assault. As you will see below, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3, criminal mischief can be either a third or fourth degree felony or even a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor). The level of criminal mischief that one might find themselves facing is usually directly related to the dollar amount of the item in question. If you or someone you know has been charged with criminal mischief in Morris County, in towns like Roxbury, Madison, Parsippany, Denville, Boonton, Long Hill, Washington or Morristown, the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall can help. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation with any one of the eight Morris County, NJ criminal mischief defense lawyers on our staff, please contact our Morristown office directly at (973)309-7050. Our attorneys are available round the clock to help assist you in any way possible. Now here is some key information on N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3, including the applicable penalties if convicted.
N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3: Criminal Mischief Defense Attorneys in Boonton NJ
In order for the prosecution to convict a Defendant of criminal mischief in New Jersey, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Defendant:
- Either purposely or knowingly;
- Damaged tangible property of another; or
- Damaged tangible property of another recklessly or negligently as a result of some type of dangerous activity (ie fire).
With that being said, the Legislation made it abundantly clear that the type of conduct required for a conviction could be endless. They choose to write the Statute vaguely in order to create flexibility within. Therefore, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Morris County criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible about your options. If you would like to discuss your options with any one of the eight Hanover criminal mischief lawyers on staff at the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall, please contact our Morristown office at (973) 309-7050.
What are the Penalties for Criminal Mischief in NJ?
What Degree of Criminal Mischief will I be Charged with?
- 3rd Degree: “Tangible Property” Greater than $2,000
- 3-5 Years in a New Jersey State Prison
- Fined up to $15,000
- 4th Degree: “Tangible Property” Greater than $500 but less than $2,000
- Up to 18 Months in a New Jersey State Prison
- Fined up to $10,000
- Disorderly Persons Offense: “Tangible Property” Less than $500
- Up to 6 Months in the Morris County Jail
- Fined up to $1,000
Depending on the degree of criminal mischief and the Defendant’s prior criminal record, defense counsel may be able to make an application on behalf of the Defendant to participate in one of New Jersey’s diversionary programs, either the Pretrial Intervention or Conditional Dismissal. If defense counsel is successfully, the Defendant would be able to bypass the traditional methods of prosecution and be placed on a probationary period. If the Defendant completes the probationary period without violating any of the terms of probation, the Defendant will walk away from this otherwise serious charge, without a criminal record let alone without serving a day in jail.
Experienced Criminal Mischief Lawyers in Montville, NJ
As you can tell from above, a conviction for criminal mischief in Morris County could drastically change one’s life. It could not only land a Defendant behind bars but it could also lead to a permanent criminal record, which could drastically hamper one’s ability to get into their dream college or land their dream job. Therefore, if you or someone you know has been charged with criminal mischief, simple assault, marijuana possession, shoplifting or harassment in towns like Dover, Morristown, Parsippany, Randolph, Chester or Butler, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Morris County criminal defense attorney immediately about your options. To set up a free consultation with any one of the eight Morris County criminal defense lawyers on staff at the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall, please contact our Morristown office at (973) 309-7050.