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Criminal Mischief Attorney in Deptford, NJ

New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Represents Clients Facing Criminal Mischief Charges in Burlington County, Gloucester County & Camden County, NJ

Criminal mischief (statute 2C:17-3) in New Jersey is a property damage crime that is usually charged against individuals who have harmed physical property. Some common acts that can lead to criminal mischief charges in NJ include graffiti or breaking a window on a house owned by another individual. Many offenders realize that their actions resulted from a brief moment of poor judgment or anger, but a criminal charge on your permanent record carries lifelong consequences. The charged crime could show up on background checks and may affect your job opportunities, credit, and housing in the future.

The severe penalties for a criminal mischief conviction in New Jersey mean that you need an experienced NJ criminal defense attorney on your side and defending your rights. Attorney Michele Finizio has years of experience representing criminal defendants throughout South Jersey, including Evesham, Maple Shade, Camden, Lindenwold, and Monroe Township, NJ.

Examples of Criminal Mischief:

  • Graffiti, drawing, spray painting, or marking someone’s property.
  • Tampering with human remains from a gravesite or some other site.
  • Removing traffic signs or other devices used for traffic safety.
  • Damaging rental property.
  • Damaging public property such as a city bus.
  • Endangering another person by tampering with property.

Charges and Penalties for Criminal Mischief in NJ

The severity of the criminal mischief charge depends on the type of property that was damaged and on how much the damage costs. For property damage under $500, defendants will be charged with a disorderly persons offense. This can carry a jail sentence up to six months. The offender will also be subject to a fine of up to $1,000, and potentially higher if a motor vehicle was used in the crime.

If the damage is valued between $500 and $2,000, the defendant will be charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree. It is also a fourth degree offense if the crime involves air traffic devices such as lights or signals. The offender will face a maximum of 18 months in prison for a fourth degree criminal mischief conviction.

If the criminal mischief offense involves injury to another person, it can be elevated to a third degree felony. Additionally, a third degree offense occurs when a property crime causes more than $2,000 in losses. Acts that disrupt a research facility, damage a grave with intent to tamper with human remains, or impair a public service can also be labeled as third degree felonies. These crimes carry a potential prison sentence of 3-5 years.

Experienced South Jersey Attorney Can Help You Fight Criminal Mischief Charges in Voorhees, NJ

It is possible in some cases to lessen or avoid a criminal mischief charge altogether. An experienced New Jersey criminal defense lawyer can evaluate these options and determine the most effective legal strategy in your particular case. Often, the victim of the crime wants their property repaired or replaced, which can make a plea deal more likely. If the situation involves relationships or substance abuse, completing counseling or a substance abuse program may also help an individual charged with criminal mischief. The main goal should be to avoid a permanent criminal record, but each case is different and the options may vary.

If you have been arrested and charged with criminal mischief in NJ, you need to speak with experienced criminal defense attorney Michele Finizio today. Contact Attorney Finizio online or call 609-203-0374 to schedule a free consultation at her office in Moorestown, New Jersey.

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“First class representation. Michele was my son’s attorney after he made a slight but bad decision that hurt no one, but one that potentially could have a caused a lifetime of employment problems in the future, despite having a four year college degree. First of all Michele was very proactive in protecting his rights. Rights we were not even aware of. She provided quick and reliable answers to our questions. Before we met with her our anxiety and worry was insatiable. The peace we felt after our first consultation alleviated all that and we knew we picked the right attorney. Her excellent negotiation skills resulted in a settling his case quickly and without conviction.

We owe a debt of gratitude for her service. I was shocked at how much she was able to do for my son. She is a solid lawyer who is honest and works to insure the best possible outcome for her client is achieved.”
- Former Client

“Michele was very prompt when getting back to me when I called regarding legal counsel. Michele kept me informed and in the loop while awaiting trial. Very professional qualities and I highly recommend Michele and will continue to seek her legal expertise in the future. Thanks.”
- Former Client

“I could not had ask for a better attorney. Michele Finizio treated my case and the case of those I’ve recommended as if we were part of her family. She gave it all she had, made her voice and case be heard in court and made it count, and we had the best possible outcome, thanks to her experience and expertise. Thank you very much for an outstanding job.”
- D.A.

"Michele is an outstanding, no “beating around the bush” lawyer. She has done a remarkable job as a lawyer for me. Before Michele, I did not get along with Criminal Lawyers – she comes HIGHLY recommended by me to anyone who needs a Criminal Lawyer."
- C.O.
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