Malicious Mischief is knowingly and maliciously causing physical damage to the property of another. Washington law provides for 3 degrees of Malicious Mischief, depending on the value of the property allegedly damaged.
First Degree Malicious Mischief is a Class B Felony, charged when the value of the property damaged exceeds $5000.00. The typical sentence range for a person with no criminal history would be 0-90 days. Sentence enhancements could increase this dramatically.
Second degree Malicious Mischief is a Class C felony, charged when the value of the property exceeds $750.00. A standard range sentence for someone with no criminal history convicted of Malicious Mischief 2 would be 0-60 days. Again, sentence enhancements could apply.
Third Degree Malicious Mischief is a Gross Misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in county jail.
Malicious Mischief is often charged in Domestic Violence situations, where property is damaged in a domestic dispute.
If you are charged with Malicious Mischief, or think you are at risk of being charged, contact an attorney experienced at handling these types of cases, both as felonies and misdemeanors.