The New York criminal defense attorneys at Crotty Saland PC have created an “information page” for those people charged with or seeking information on the crime of Criminal Mischief in New York. Not merely a regurgitation of New York Penal Law sections 140.00, 145.05, 145.10 or 145.12, the resource page is a starting point to educate yourself about this crime. While the page is no substitute for an in depth review of your particular facts with an experienced New York criminal lawyer, this tool does discuss potential areas where you may find your defense.
Generally, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree (NY Penal Law 145.00), a relatively common misdemeanor involving the damaging of another person’s property, is the basis of all of the other felony crimes involving Criminal Mischief. From Manhattan to Queens and Brooklyn to Westchester County, the crime of Criminal Mischief involves the same premise. That is, if you intentionally damage another person’s property, regardless of how significant, you can be charged with a crime. The misdemeanor offense even permits a reckless damaging to be the basis of this charge. What bumps the crime up to a felony is the amount of the damage. Once the damage exceeds $250 and $5,000, the crime becomes an “E” and “D” felony respectively.
As with any crime, there are terms in the statute and areas where legal decisions are pertinent. For example, how is the value of the damaged property determined? Is it legally sufficient to merely state in a conclusory manner that the property was damaged without specifying how? These are just some of the relevant issues to any Criminal Mischief case.
Beyond the Crotty Saland PC Criminal Mischief information page, the New York Criminal Lawyer Blog (NewYorkCriminalLawyerBlog.Com) has extensive information on numerous criminal statues, legal decisions and newsworthy cases. By submitting a crime or words in the search engine, readers will find information as to that particular request. This includes the crime of Criminal Mischief.
Representing the accused throughout New York City, Westchester County and beyond, the founding New York criminal defense attorneys at Crotty Saland PC not only advocate for their clients in all matters, but have additional experience serving as prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office prior to starting the firm.