The charge of mischief is one that commonly comes before the courts. If the value of the damaged item is below $5000, the accused party will be charged with ‘mischief under $5000’. If the value of the damaged item exceeds $5000, the accused party will be charged with ‘mischief over $5000’.
Criminal Code of Canada – Definition of Mischief
Mischief is found in the Criminal Code of Canada at section 430. Mischief occurs when a person does any of the following:
(a) destroys or alters 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.
Why should you hire Passi & Patel to defend mischief offences?
At Passi & Patel, Brampton's Criminal Law Firm, we understand that a criminal charge, notwithstanding one that’s minor in nature, can have serious consequences for an accused party. For those without criminal histories, the effect of a charge of this nature can detrimentally impact their career, livelihood and future opportunities. With this in mind, at Passi and Patel, our Brampton criminal lawyers will take the necessary steps to ensure that we obtain the best possible results. If you, a friend or a loved one has been charged with ‘mischief’, call our office at 905-459-0004 to set up a meeting with one of our Brampton criminal lawyers for a complimentary consultation.