Colorado Criminal Mischief Defense Lawyers

Gen­er­ally, a per­son com­mits crim­i­nal mis­chief if he or she know­ingly dam­ages another person’s property—including prop­erty jointly held by the accused indi­vid­ual and the alleged vic­tim.  A per­son accused of crim­i­nal mis­chief must be proven to have acted mali­ciously before he or she can be convicted.

The seri­ous­ness of a crim­i­nal mis­chief con­vic­tion depends on the dol­lar amount of dam­age done to the prop­erty.  If the dam­age is less than $500, then crim­i­nal mis­chief  is a class 2 mis­de­meanor that car­ries a min­i­mum pun­ish­ment of three months of impris­on­ment, or a $250 fine, or both.  The max­i­mum pun­ish­ment is twelve months of impris­on­ment, or a $1,000 fine, or both.

If the dam­age is between $500 and $1,000, crim­i­nal mis­chief is a class 1 mis­de­meanor that car­ries a min­i­mum pun­ish­ment of six months of impris­on­ment, or a $500 fine, or both.  The max­i­mum pun­ish­ment is eigh­teen months of impris­on­ment, a $5,000 fine, or both.

If the dam­age is between $1,000 and $20,000, crim­i­nal mis­chief is a class 4 felony that car­ries a pre­sump­tive min­i­mum sen­tence of two years of impris­on­ment and a pre­sump­tive max­i­mum sen­tence of six years.  Under extra­or­di­nary aggra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances, a court may impose a sen­tence of more than six years, and under extra­or­di­nary mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances, a court may impose a sen­tence of less than two years.

If the dam­age is $20,000 or more, crim­i­nal mis­chief is a class 3 felony that car­ries a pre­sump­tive min­i­mum sen­tence of four years of impris­on­ment and a pre­sump­tive max­i­mum sen­tence of twelve years.  Under extra­or­di­nary aggra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances, a court may impose a sen­tence of more than twelve years, and under extra­or­di­nary mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances, a court may impose a sen­tence of less than four years.