Criminal mischief is a crime governed by state laws, which vary by state. It generally involves any damage, defacing, alteration, or destruction of tangible property destruction of tangible property with criminal intent.


  1. Rudra shoots a horse which belongs to Krishna. Rudra has committed mischief.
  2. Govind goes to a public part and vandalizes the statues erected there. Govind is guilty of mischief.

Essential Elements:

  • It is not necessary that the accused wanted to injure the owner of the property or cause harm to him in any manner. The offence is complete when the accused intentionally or knowingly damages some property.
  • A person may commit mischief against his own property as well.

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