If you’ve been charged with malicious mischief in Mississippi, here’s what you need to know.
The charge of malicious mischief can be either a felony or misdemeanor in Mississippi. The easiest way to describe the crime of malicious mischief is to say that it is the act of intentionally destroying someone else’s property. Mississippi criminal law states that a person can be charged with malicious mischief if he intentionally destroys, disfigures, or injures any real or personal property of another person.
If the property destroyed was worth $500.00 or less, then it is a misdemeanor which carries a sentence of twelve (12) months in the county jail, and a fine of $1,000.00. Where the property destroyed was worth more than $500.00, malicious mischief is a felony in Mississippi, and carries a sentence of five (5) years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine.
The value of the property is considered to be the cost to repair or replace the damaged property.
There are defenses available to a charge of malicious mischief. If you’ve been charged with a crime, please contact us at 601.944.1984, for a complimentary case evaluation. For more information, you can also visit our Jackson, MS criminal lawyer website.