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    Mischief

    Mischief involves willfully destroying or damaging property; rendering property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective; or obstructing, interrupting or interfering with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment, or operation of property. Mischief may also involve “cyber mischief,” which includes the same type of conduct just outlined—but with respect to computer data.

    The sentence imposed for an Arson or Mischief conviction depends on the circumstances of each individual case. Nevertheless, a conviction for any criminal offence will result in a criminal record, which can negatively impact many areas of your life including your reputation, your ability to maintain or obtain employment, and your ability to travel to other countries like the United States. In addition, a conviction for these offences may carry other penalties, including a potentially lengthy term of imprisonment.

    What is mischief?

    The definition of mischief is found in the Criminal Code at section 430. Generally mischief occurs when a person does any of the following:
    (a) destroys or alters property;
    (b) renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective;
    (c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property; or
    (d) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.

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    What is the difference between a charge of mischief under $5,000 and mischief over $5,000?

    If the value of the damaged item (not the value of the damage itself) exceeds $5,000 dollars, the Crown Attorney may seek an increased punishment of up to ten years in jail. Otherwise, the charge of mischief carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail. It is important to note that most mischief convictions will not result in any jail time.

    What if the damage was caused accidentally?

    It is a requirement of the Criminal Code that the person who committed mischief acted “willfully”. An unintentional or accidental act will not meet the standard of willfully damaging property sufficient to trigger criminal consequences.

    Now is not the time to delay! Your reputation, future, and freedom are too important. In all cases, you are well advised to immediately speak with Lawyer Plug so we can evaluate your case, get your side of the story, and relentlessly defend you against your charges.

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