The Longmont Police Department has been very recently as vandals have damaged multiple cars across the city. According to the news, the first incident occurred on June 19, when windows were smashed out on 8 cars. A few days later, 13 vehicles had tires slashed, and then a few hours later, 6 vehicles were set on fire. These did not seem to be targeted attacks, but the result of bored vandals. While there is no evidence that the incidents are related, police are not ruling it out. If the person or people responsible are ever caught, they will be facing Criminal Mischief charges for the property damage, along with Arson charges for the fires. Either way, a prison sentence is likely.
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Denver Criminal Mischief and Vandals Lawyer: What is the Definition of Criminal Mischief in Arapahoe County?
The Colorado law definition of Criminal Mischief in Denver and Arapahoe County– 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.”
So, let's say all three car vandalism incidents were done by the same person. Each incident (window breaking, tire slashing, and car fires) would be a separate criminal episode. This is important because of the way Criminal Mischief is charged. It is charged as a felony or misdemeanor based on the total amount of damage caused. Of course, this could be seen as one criminal episode, with all the damages totaled.
What is the Sentence / Punishment for Criminal Mischief in Jefferson County?
In Jefferson County, Criminal Mischief can be charged as a class 3 misdemeanor all the way to a class 2 felony depending on the amount of damage. For the window breaking, if it cost $300 each to replace the 12 windows on the 8 cars, then the total damage would be $3,600, making it a class 6 felony. If the 16 tires on the 13 vehicles each cost $100, the total damage would be $1,600, and a class 6 felony. Then, if the 6 cars that were burned were each worth around $15,000, that's at least $90,000 worth of damage, for a class 4 felony.
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