Criminal mischief (O.R.C. 2909.07) typically denotes damage, destruction, or interference to another person’s property; however, there are a number of circumstances in the statute that affect the grade of the charge and potential penalties. This means you could face a misdemeanor or felony conviction, which can lead to jail time and other serious consequences.
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When the alleged conduct creates a risk of injury to others, the charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, with up to six months in jail if you're convicted. Similarly, when a computer is tampered with under the statute, you'll also face a first-degree misdemeanor charge, with penalties scaling up based on the losses the victim suffers.
Criminal mischief can also be a felony crime. When aircrafts, their parts, or their cargo are tampered with and create the risk of harm to another, the charge will be a fifth-degree felony, with 6 - 12 months' incarceration if convicted. When the act is against an occupied aircraft, or poses a substantial risk of harm to another, it's a fourth degree felony. This means you can face up to 18 months in prison.
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