How do I get my mischief charge dropped?
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, there are many forms of mischief related to property. Generally, mischief occurs when a person willfully:
- destroys or damages property;
- renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective;
- obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property; or
- obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.
The most common form of mischief is as a result of vandalism such as graffiti, breaking windows or minor property damage. Despite the relatively minor sounding offence of “mischief”, the offence can carry significant penalties including up to 10 years in prison, a criminal record and impacts on employment opportunities.
In order to properly defend mischief charges, it is important to have a highly skilled lawyer by your side. Cory Wilson has successfully represented countless individuals charged with mischief.
Alternative Measures Program
In certain circumstances, an accused person may have their mischief charge withdrawn by entering into the Alternative Measures Program. This is a program that diverts offenders from the traditional court system and upon completing certain conditions such as counselling or community service, the mischief charge is withdrawn leaving the accused with no criminal record.
Often, the difference between entering the Alternative Measures Program or not, is having the right criminal defence lawyer. Cory Wilson works tirelessly to ensure that each client who is eligible for the program, is accepted into the program.