Malicious Mischief & Harassment Defense Lawyers in Shoreline
Washington Malicious Mischief & Harassment Laws
Under Washington law, harassment includes threats to cause bodily harm or property damage, to restrain or confine a person, or to threaten to do any other type of malicious act that would harm the victim or another. These threats can be communicated in any manner and are intended to cause the victim to fear that they will be carried out.
At Peale Law Firm, you can depend on our Shoreline malicious mischief defense attorneys to provide a personal approach. When you entrust us with your future and freedom, we take our job seriously, striving to provide the highest level of client service from the initial consultation through negotiation with prosecutors or at trial.
What are the Degrees of Mischief in Washington?”
In Washington, the crime of malicious mischief is akin to vandalism in other states. It includes damaging someone else’s property or interfering with a public utility or service.
Malicious mischief is charged at three levels in Washington:
- First-degree: Causing property damage that exceeds $5,000; interrupting or impairing public services, such as for a utility company; or impairing an aircraft through damage or tampering. This is charged as a Class B felony and is punished by up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000.
- Second-degree: Causing property damage that exceeds $750 or tampering or damaging public services that causes a risk of interruption. This is charged as a Class C felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Third-degree: Causing property damage or graffiting another’s property. Charged as a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and fines up to $5,000.
Just as the word “malicious” implies, these offenses must be done knowingly, intentionally, and with malice that fails to show any regard for the rights of others. Committing first or second-degree malicious mischief while using a weapon will lead to enhanced penalties. If malicious mischief is committed against a family or household member, dating partner, or former dating partner, it may be charged as domestic violence that could result in other penalties, such as a restraining order.
Penalties for Harassment
Harassment can be charged as a gross misdemeanor or as a Class C felony, depending on the circumstances. A gross misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Felony harassment occurs when the accused has a previous harassment conviction against the victim or his or her family member or when the accused has made an alleged death threat against the victim. A felony harassment charge carries up to 5 years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000.
Peale Law Firm, Inc. Malicious Mischief & Harassment Legal Counsel
The crimes of malicious mischief and harassment are serious charges that can range from gross misdemeanors to felonies, and carry serious penalties, such as jail time and heavy fines. Convictions will also result in a permanent criminal record which can be detrimental to future employment, housing, education, and other opportunities. It is essential to get professional legal help from a proven attorney on your side.
If you are facing any of the above charges, your first call should be to an attorney who has the experience needed to give you the best chance of a favorable outcome. Peale Law Firm has a long history of successfully helping those accused of these and other offenses throughout the Greater Seattle area. Let us use our considerable know-how to fight for your best result.
Call (206) 429-4777 for help from our Shoreline harassment defense attorneys. Se habla español.