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Criminal Mischief Under Utah Law


Utah’s criminal mischief statute section 76-6-106 provides for certain misdemeanor and felony penalties and punishments depending on the type of offense and the value of the property damaged.

The offense of criminal mischief can be committed if the person accused allegedly does any of the following:

  • Damages or destroys property with the intention of defrauding an insurer under circumstances not amounting to arson is a third degree felony;
  • Intentionally and unlawfully tampers with the property of another and as a result: recklessly endangers;
    • human life (class A misdemeanor); or
    • human health or safety (class B misdemeanor).
  • recklessly causes or threatens a substantial interruption or impairment of any critical infrastructure (second degree felony);
  • intentionally damages, defaces, or destroys the property of another; or
  • recklessly or willfully shoots or propels a missile or other object at or against a motor vehicle, bus, airplane, boat, locomotive, train, railway car, or caboose, whether moving or standing.

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