You got upset. You ended up breaking something in the heat of the moment, but you were in your own house. You wish you hadn’t let it get that far but you surely shouldn’t be looking at a count of criminal mischief against you, right? Actually, in the state of Colorado, criminal mischief is when someone knowingly damages another person’s property, including if it is jointly owned by you and a spouse.
The elements of criminal mischief are:
The penalties for criminal mischief can vary depending on the value of the damaged property, but you could be facing between $750 - $1,000,000 of fines and anywhere from 6 months to 24 years in prison. If you want to meet with someone who will listen to you, help you understand your options, and ensure that you receive a fair outcome, contact Chris Ponce.