Q: what is the maximum punishment for a minor for second degree criminal mischief
A: There is no "minor" or "serious" 2nd degree criminal mischief - a/k/a vandalism - the elements of the crime involve intentional damage to property in the amount greater than $250 - (there is a subsection dealing with property of utilities or mode of public transportation) - it is a class A misdemeanor which is punishable by up to a year in jail. Most commonly those without any criminal record would be advised to use a diversionary program such as accelerated rehabilitation. Often it may be possible to work out alternative resolutions which include paying restitution for the damage to the property and avoid a criminal conviction. Of course this is very fact dependent. The best course of action would be to get a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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