Mischief is a common property-related criminal offence brought before the courts. There are two distinct categories for this crime, based upon the value of the property. If the value of the property is under $5,000, then one is charged with Mischief Under $5,000. If the value of the property is $5,000 or more, then one is charged with Mischief Over $5,000.
The Criminal Code of Canada’s Definition of Mischief
Section 430 of the Criminal Code of Canada defines the criminal offence of mischief occurring, when a person does one or more of the following, in regards to the property:
- Alters or destroys the property.
- Renders the property useless, dangerous, ineffective, or inoperative.
- Interferes, obstructs, or interrupts with the lawful enjoyment, operation, or use of the property.
- Interrupts, interferes, or obstructs with any person or agent responsible for the property in the lawful operation, use, or enjoyment of the property.
An agent is a person, who has been entrusted with the care of the property by the property owner.
Why Should You Retain Passi & Patel for Mischief Offences?
Mississauga’s criminal defence law firm, Passi & Patel, understands a criminal charge, whether it is minor in nature or a more serious offence, can have serious consequences for the accused, if they are found guilty to the charges. For people, without any prior criminal offences, being charged with and found guilty of mischief can seriously impact your livelihood, career, and opportunities in the future.
Taking this into account, our Mississauga criminal lawyers, here at Passi & Patel, are fully dedicated and committed to ensuring the necessary steps are taken to help you obtain the best results possible. If you, a loved one, or a friend has been charged with mischief, contact our office at 647-898-8018 now to schedule a complimentary consultation appointment with one of our Mississauga criminal lawyers to discuss your charges and potential defences.