Mischief is the unlawful damage or misuse of someone else’s property. It is separated into two offences based on the cost of alleged damage: over $5,000 and under $5,000.
The most common types of mischief include damage to property, such as:
However, mischief can also include things like pulling a fire alarm, playing loud music late at night, or being a disturbance in a shopping mall.
Mischief may be considered more serious and can include more severe penalties based on certain circumstances. For instance, vandalizing a place of worship, school, government building, or war memorial can result in greater punishment. In addition, the Criminal Code clearly defines mischief in relation to computer data, which comes with higher penalties. Finally, mischief that causes actual danger to life may result in life imprisonment.
After the police have gathered their evidence, they will arrest you if they believe you are the perpetrator. If you are not present at the scene, police will eventually track you down or issue a warrant for your arrest.
After you have been charged, you need to contact Michael Juskey immediately. Michael will be able to offer you options based on the evidence. Your first conversation with Michael with be a no charge strategy session. You will learn how the legal system works and what options may be available to you.
For the Crown to successfully convict you of mischief, they must prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:
Michael Juskey has successfully represented hundreds of individuals with many seeing all charges dropped. He has done this by being working with his clients to attain a clear description of the events as they occurred. There may be no proof of wilful actions. Or there could have been a misunderstanding as to ownership. After all, you cannot be charged for damaging your own property.