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.
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.
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:
Within the Utah code, there are four specific violations with their own criminal classifications:
Outside of those specific instances, any other criminal mischief violation will result in charges based on the value of the property that was lost:
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.
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