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Criminal Mischief

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The following is not legal advice but is for information only. Legal advice is when an attorney applies the law to a person's individual circumstances and advises them on their legal options or potential exposure to legal harm, which a web page clearly does not.

Criminal mischief is defined as intentionally damaging or destroying the property of another person without their consent. This can include graffiti, breaking windows, damaging vehicles or other property, or any other act that results in harm or loss to another person's property.

The severity of the charge and the potential penalties will depend on the value of the property damage. In Maine, criminal mischief is typically charged as a Class D misdemeanor if the value of the property damage is less than $2,000. A Class D misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

If the value of the property damage is $2,000 or more, criminal mischief can be charged as a Class C felony, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

In addition to the criminal penalties, a conviction for criminal mischief in Maine can also result in civil liability, meaning the offender may be required to pay restitution to the victim to cover the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged property.

 

If you are facing criminal mischief charges in Maine, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help protect your rights and work to minimize the potential consequences of a conviction.

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