Criminal MischiefDefinition

Under Texas law,
A person commits an offense of Criminal Mischief if, without the effective consent of the owner:

  1. he intentionally or knowingly damages or destroys the tangible property of the owner;
  2. he intentionally or knowingly tampers with the tangible property of the owner and causes pecuniary loss or substantial inconvenience to the owner or a third person; or
  3. he intentionally or knowingly makes markings, including inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings, on the tangible property of the owner.

Penalties

Generally, the following guidelines apply to the offense of Criminal Mischief:

  1. If the amount of pecuniary loss (or damage) is $50 or more but less than $500, the offense is a Class B Misdemeanor.
  2. If the amount of pecuniary loss (or damage) is $500 or more but less than $1,500, the offense is a Class A Misdemeanor.
  3. If the amount of pecuniary loss (or damage) is $1,500 or more but less than $20,000, the offense is a State Jail Felony
    * certain exceptions apply such as if the damage done was to habitation or was State Jail Felony.
  4. If the amount of pecuniary loss (or damage) is $20,000 or more, the offense will be classified as either a 3rd, 2nd, or 1st degree Felony, depending upon the amount of damage done, and additional circumstances according to code.

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