Des Moines Criminal Mischief Attorneys
Aggressively Fighting Criminal Mischief Charges
In Iowa, criminal mischief is a felony or misdemeanor offense carrying heavy penalties. If you have been accused, a conviction could turn your life upside down, as you face not only incarceration and/or fines but also a criminal record that could place various limitations on you. Just because you are facing charges does not mean you are guilty of the alleged conduct. To attack the allegations made against you, it is imperative to have a skillful and aggressive attorney on your side.
At Branstad & Olson, our Des Moines criminal mischief lawyers know the life-altering consequences of a conviction, which is why we do everything in our legal power to fight these serious charges. Backed by over 65 years of combined experience, we know how to build innovative defense strategies to seek the best possible results for our clients. When you reach out to our Des Moines criminal mischief attorneys, we will conduct a thorough assessment of your case, explain the charges and potential penalties, and discuss the legal avenues we can explore. Our team extensively prepares for criminal cases and will be ready to pursue an optimal result through negotiations or take your case to trial if necessary.
Criminal Mischief Charges – Iowa Code § 716.1
Generally, criminal mischief involves the intentional and unlawful damaging, defacing, altering, or destruction of property.
Iowa law enumerates four degrees of the offense:
Criminal mischief 1st degree (Iowa Code § 716.3):
- Resulted in over $10,000 worth of damage, or
- Caused or could have caused disruption to public utility services
Criminal mischief 2nd degree (Iowa Code § 716.4):
- Resulted in over $1,500 but not more than $10,000 worth of damage
Criminal mischief 3rd degree (Iowa Code § 716.5):
- Caused over $750 but not more than $1,500 worth of damage;
- Affected property was a legal document;
- Affected a light, barrier, or other object altering people to a hazardous condition; or
- Involved unearthing human remains from a burial site;
- Property was an ATM machine
Criminal mischief 4th degree (Iowa Code § 716.6):
- Caused over $300 but not more than $750 worth of damage, or
- Affected a monument
Criminal mischief 5th degree (Iowa Code § 716.6):
- Any offense not classified as first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree criminal mischief
If you are facing accusations of any degree of criminal mischief, reach out to Branstad & Olson right away. Our Des Moines criminal mischief lawyers thoroughly investigate criminal matters to identify ways to cast doubt on the prosecutor's case.
Examples of Criminal Mischief in Iowa
A range of conduct can constitute a criminal mischief offense.
Some criminal mischief examples that can lead to charges include, but are not limited to:
- Breaking the windows of a building or establishment
- Crashing a vehicle while driving recklessly
- Spray painting property
- Causing a person to suffer cuts on their body
Is Criminal Mischief a Misdemeanor in Iowa?
Criminal mischief can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. The level depends on the conduct involved.
Charges for criminal mischief are as follows:
- First-degree criminal mischief: Class "C" felony
- Second-degree criminal mischief: Class "D" felony
- Third-degree criminal mischief: Aggravated misdemeanor
- Fourth-degree criminal mischief: Serious misdemeanor
- Fifth-degree criminal mischief: Simple misdemeanor
Regardless of the severity of the offense or the level of charge, our Des Moines criminal mischief lawyers provide vigorous defense.
Criminal Mischief Penalties in Iowa
A conviction for any degree of criminal mischief can result in a jail term and/or a fine.
Potential penalties include:
First-degree criminal mischief:
- Up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or
- $1,370 to $13,660 in fines
Second-degree criminal mischief:
- Up to 5 years of imprisonment and/or
- $1,025 to $10,245 in fines
Third-degree criminal mischief:
- Up to 2 years of imprisonment and/or
- $855 to $8,540 in fines
Fourth-degree criminal mischief:
- Up to 1 year of incarceration and/or
- $430 to $2,560 in fines
Fifth-degree criminal mischief:
- Up to 30 days of incarceration and/or
- $105 to $855 in fines
We are ready to fight to protect your rights and future. Speak with one of our Des Moines criminal mischief lawyers about your case.
Representation for Criminal Mischief Cases in IA
At Branstad & Olson, our Des Moines criminal mischief lawyers have successfully handled thousands of cases and know what it takes to fight charges. We will zealously advocate on your behalf.
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