Any damage, defacing, alteration, or destruction of property is criminal mischief when done intentionally by one who has no right to so act. This is Iowa's vandalism statute. If you've been charged with Criminal Mischief, contact us for a free initial consultation to discuss.
Whenever criminal mischief is committed upon more than one item of property at approximately the same location or time period, so that all of these acts of mischief can be attributed to a single scheme, plan or conspiracy, such acts shall be considered as a single act of criminal mischief. This matters for the 'degree' of offense, explained below.
Matter of Degree
Criminal mischief is based on the value of property destroyed or the cost of repairing or replacing it. The more expensive it is to fix or replace, the more serious the offense, ranging from simple misdemeanor to Class C felony. The values closely adhere to values to determine degree of Theft. Contact us for a free initial consultation. If you're searching for the best Cedar Rapids criminal lawyer, this is all we do. Contact us for a free initial consultation.
In addition to any sentence imposed for a violation of this paragraph, the court shall include an order of restitution for any property damage or loss incurred as a result of the offense.