4 Things to Know about Criminal Mischief Crimes in Utah

Whether you destroy a valued possession of a partner in a domestic dispute or deface public property as part of a protest, you could be charged with criminal mischief. Additionally, destroying your own property for insurance money or recklessly causing a substantial interruption to structures like public utilities, health care facilities, or government operations is also considered criminal mischief.

Below are four questions you may have about criminal mischief charges in Utah. The details are summarized from the official Utah code. For the full details, see the Utah code website.

1. What is criminal mischief?

Criminal mischief is a specific type of property crime that ranges in severity from destruction of property to endangering human life. The following bullets outline the specific types of crimes that could result in criminal mischief charges.

2. What is considered critical infrastructure?

Critical infrastructure includes many things you might think of, but there are also a few you may not. According to the Utah code, the following is considered critical infrastructure:

3. What are the penalties for criminal mischief in Utah?

Within the Utah code, there are four specific violations with their own criminal classifications:

  1. under circumstances not amounting to arson, damaging or destroying property with the intention of defrauding an insurer—third degree felony
  2. Intentionally and unlawfully tampering with the property of another and as a result recklessly endangering human life—class A misdemeanor
  3. Intentionally and unlawfully tampering with the property of another and as a result recklessly endangering human health or safety—class B misdemeanor
  4. intentionally and unlawfully tampering with the property of another and as a result recklessly causing or threatening a substantial interruption or impairment of any critical infrastructure—second degree felony

Outside of those specific instances, any other criminal mischief violation will result in charges based on the value of the property that was lost:

4. Do I need a lawyer to represent my criminal mischief case?

Whether your criminal mischief charge is a misdemeanor or a felony, you deserve to have your rights protected. The expert criminal lawyers at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat will work hard to build a strong defense and work with you to determine the best course of action for your case.

Contact us at (801) 532-5297 if you have questions about your criminal mischief charges or to get started on your defense.

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