If you or a close friend or relative have been arrested in the Orlando area for criminal mischief in violation of Florida Statute 806.13 you need an attorney to represent your interest. The experienced attorneys of Finebloom & Haenel are available 24/7 at 407-218-6277 for a free consultation.
To prove a charge of criminal mischief, the State must show that you willfully or maliciously damaged property belonging to someone else. This includes graffiti, vandalism and keying of cars.
- If the damage is $200 or less it is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in the county jail.
- If the damage is more than $200 but less than $1000, it is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail.
- If the damage is more than $1000, or if you interrupt a business or if you have a previous conviction for criminal mischief, then it is a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in a Florida prison.
- In addition to any jail time, restitution can be ordered. If you do not pay the restitution you can be subject to additional jail penalties and your driver’s license can be suspended.
- Mandatory fines are as follows:
- First conviction $250
- Second conviction $500
- Third conviction $1000
IF YOU ARE A MINOR, CONVICTION OF THIS OFFENSE WILL SUSPEND YOUR DRIVER’ LICENSE FOR ONE YEAR! If you don’t have your license yet, you will have to wait an additional year to get one.
Criminal mischief arrests can be the result of fights between girlfriends and boyfriends where car windshields or dishes are broken. It is also a common charge for teenagers who damage mailboxes, egg houses or cars or key vehicles. But there are defenses!!
Call the experienced and aggressive attorneys at Finebloom & Haenel now at 407-218-6277 to discuss your options. The consultation is free and we are available 24/7.