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Criminal Mischief Is No Laughing Matter

When a prank crosses over into the destruction of property or entails bodily harm or injury otherwise to a person, it’s criminal mischief, and it’s punishable by law. Although often adjudicated in municipal court, do not take this charge lightly. The future of the accused, especially that of a minor or young adult, can be very negatively impacted when a charge like this is not met head-on with legal counsel to seek downgrades or dismissals. Oftentimes, restitution is in play if not community service. More serious occurrences can lead to jail time if the accused has prior arrests.

Even a Joke Might Be Taken Seriously
by The Police

Mischief is sometimes the sign of aggression issues or other problems that can mitigate the offense before a judge if this is viewed as an isolated act. Sometimes, it is indeed willful, other times accidental. But if you are charged for mischief, do not talk to the police about why you were seriously “goofing around,” as you might say. Exercise your right to remain silent, and get a criminal defense lawyer at your first opportunity. That is your best chance for a downgrade, if not a dismissal.

The police, when questioning you, despite what your mother may have told you, are not your friends. They appear friendly in order to get information from you to hold against you. Be polite, but firmly request a call to a criminal defense lawyer at your first opportunity and continue to remain silent in the meantime.

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For knowledgeable, aggressive criminal defense in Wayne, Paterson, Passaic County and all of New Jersey, contact Joel Bacher at The Law Offices of Joel M. Bacher for a free consultation. All consultations and written correspondences will be kept strictly confidential.