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Mischief Over/Under Charges

What is mischief? The definition of mischief is found in the Criminal Code at section 430. Generally 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.
What is the difference between a charge of mischief under $5,000 and mischief over $5,000?
If the value of the damaged item exceeds $5,000 dollars, the crown attorney may seek an increased punishment of up to ten years in jail. Otherwise, the charge of mischief carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

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