According to The Florida Times Union, The Jacksonville Sherriff’s office has arrested Hugo Granada and four other men charged with graffiti and vandalism. Police said the men caused at least $200,000 in damage, mostly in Riverside and the rail yards.
Jacksonville criminal mischief cases typically involve those who are allegedly attempting to harm someone or someone’s property. These charges can take the form of arson, vandalism, graffiti, and other acts of that nature that have paraphernalia attached to the crime. Unfortunately for many, circumstantial evidence becomes the factor that is the tipping point in one’s arrest, and for some, conviction.
Criminal Mischief is a crime common to every age group, and as a result, the legal system does not typically take this type of crime lightly.
According to Florida Statute 806.13, a person is charged with criminal mischief when they intentionally and maliciously damage someone’s property, be it through graffiti, arson, or some other form of vandalism.
There are many different types of criminal mischief, as well as many different punishments for each of them. However, without an experienced attorney, one will have a tough time with the penalties for the charge.
Criminal Mischief in Jacksonville comes in many forms, but the most common is graffiti. If a person is convicted of criminal mischief involving graffiti, the person will have to pay a fine of $250 for the first conviction, $500 for the second conviction, and $1,000 for the third conviction.
Under Florida Statute 806.13, if the damage caused to the property is less than $200, one will be charged with a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines. If the damage to the property is between $200 and $1,000, the jail time is increased to a year, and fines are increased to $1000. If the damage is more than $1,000, then one will be charged with a 3rd degree felony, which carries up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
In addition to the extreme amount of fines and jail time one can face, if one is a minor, one’s parents can be held liable for all fines the Court assesses, and, if one has a driver’s license, one can have one’s license suspended for up to a year.
These steep penalties may not seem like something too horrible, but when placed together in a very common situation, they can be very horrible. New college students with no record of bad behavior, may decide to spray-paint concrete walls or fences with symbols from their greek organizations or maybe a favorite band.
An individual in this situation would be charged with a first degree misdemeanor, being exposed to up to a year in jail, $1,000 in fines, an extra $250 fine if this criminal mischief charge was the first offense, and possibly lose driver’s license privileges for up to a year.
Many times, young adults are charged with these crimes and as a result, have to start out their professional live with a criminal record. One may feel that one’s life is ruined and wrecked by the time, energy and money spent dealing with this rather simple crime.
Many situations like this plague juveniles in Jacksonville. People want to have fun, have their voices heard, and leave their mark on society. Unfortunately, for some, that mark is costly. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Mischief defense attorney to fight the case and present the best defense possible, the process of moving on past this kind of charge may be more simple, smooth, and easier to deal with.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: December’s mug shots from around the First Coast, The Florida Times-Union