Malicious Destruction of the Property of Another
Malicious Mischief is defined broadly in Washington State to include a number of acts constituting crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. It comes up often in the Domestic Violence setting, when someone alleges that their property was destroyed during an argument or fight. Note that Washington is a community property state and many things purchased during a marriage are actually the property of both spouses. If someone throws their cell phone across the room during an argument, they could be charged with Malicious Mischief for destroying the property of their spouse! This happens a lot in DV cases.
There are other forms of Malicious Mischief, including threats to harm property, drawing graffiti on public property, interrupting public services or threatening safety, tampering with airplanes, and some of these crimes are felonies. You should take any Malicious Mischief charge seriously and not assume that they are minor charges that will "go away" or be dismissed when the facts are known. Get an experienced Seattle or Bellevue DV lawyer.
At Perez & Perez Law, PLLC, we take every charge seriously and fight hard to eliminate the threats that such charges can pose to our clients. Even something as minimal as a misdemeanor Malicious Mischief can prevent you from getting a security clearance to work at a secure location or affect your ability to get an apartment or job. Don't take chances, contact us for a free consultation to review your options before it's too late.
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