Causing damage to someone else's property will be charged as Criminal Mischief in Denver, Brighton, and Golden. Recently, campus police are looking for a person who has caused some damage to clothing and washing machines in the dorm laundry room. According to the news, someone had been visiting the laundry room and defecating inside the washing machines full of wet clothing that had been left unattended. If this had occurred at UC Denver or DU, the pooper would face Criminal Mischief charges for any damages caused to the clothing and machines.
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Douglas County Criminal Mischief Lawyer: Property Damage to College Laundry Room
The Douglas and Arapahoe County, Colorado law definition of Criminal Mischief – C.R.S. 18-4-501 – is:
“A person commits criminal mischief when he or she knowingly damages the real or personal property of one or more other persons, including property owned by the person jointly with another person or property owned by the person in which another person has a possessory or proprietary interest, in the course of a single criminal episode.”
By defecating on the clothing it could be argued that the mystery pooper damaged the belongings of the other students. There could have been damage to the washing machine as well, but even just having to clean the washer could still trigger the Criminal Mischief charge.
Sentence for Criminal Mischief in Jefferson County
Criminal Mischief is charged as a felony or misdemeanor in Jefferson and Adams County based on th amount of property damage caused:
Criminal mischief is:
- A class 3 misdemeanor for damage less than $300;
- A class 2 misdemeanor for damage totaling $300 or more but less than $750;
- A class 1 misdemeanor for damage totaling $750 or more but less than $1,000;
- A class 6 felony for damage totaling $1,000 or more but less than $5,000;
- A class 5 felony for damage totaling $5,000 or more but less than $20,000;
- A class 4 felony for damage totaling $20,000 or more but less than $100,000;
- A class 3 felony for damage totaling $100,000 or more but less than $1,000,000; and
- A class 2 felony for damage totaling $1,000,000 or more.
Depending on how many machines were targeted, the pooper could easily be facing felony charges.
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