mischief under $5000 criminal code 430What is Mischief Under $5000?

Mischief Under $5000 is a criminal offence that deals with damage to property and it is classified as a “Wilful and Forbidden Act in Respect of Certain Property”.  The crime is committed when an individual damages or interferes with the enjoyment of someone else’s property.  It is not an offence to damage your property, however if somebody has an interest in that property the offence may be made out.  If the property involved exceeds $5000, it becomes a straight indictable offence which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

There are many defences to Mischief charges that an experienced criminal lawyer will explore.  At our firm a guilty plea is always the last resort as many of these charges are commonly resolved with favourable results for our clients.  The Law Office of Michael P. Juskey also has extensive experience fighting these charges at trial.  Section 430 of the Criminal Code of Canada defines Mischief as:

430. (1) Every one commits mischief who wilfully
(a) destroys or damages property;
(b) renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective;
(c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property; or
(d) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.


If you or a loved one have been charged with Mischief Under $5000, the Law Office of Michael P. Juskey is here to help.  We will conduct a comprehensive review of the evidence, appear in court for you and fight to achieve the best possible result.  Put simply, our job is to avoid jail and a criminal record.  Contact our office now for a free consultation.  Our firm defends all criminal charges, including:  theft, fraud, mischief, possession of property obtained by crime and assault.

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