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Criminal Mischief in the First Degree in Arkansas


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Arkansas Criminal Code for criminal mischief in the first degree in Arkansas
5-38-203. Criminal mischief in the first degree.
(a) A person commits the offense of criminal mischief in the first degree if he or she
purposely and without legal justification destroys or causes damage to any:
(1) Property of another; or
(2) Property, whether his or her own or property of another, for the purpose of collecting
any insurance for the property.
(b) Criminal mischief in the first degree is a:
(1) Class C felony if the amount of actual damage is five hundred dollars ($500) or
more; or
(2) Class A misdemeanor if otherwise committed.
(c) In an action under this section involving cutting and removing timber from the property
of another person:
(1) The following create a presumption of a purpose to commit the offense of criminal
mischief in the first degree:
(A) The failure to obtain the survey as required by 15-32-101; or
(B) The purposeful misrepresentation of the ownership or origin of the timber;
and
(2) (A) There is imposed in addition to a penalty in subsection (b) of this section a fine
of not more than two (2) times the value of the timber destroyed or damaged.
(B) However, in addition to subdivision (c)(2)(A) of this section, the court may
require the defendant to make restitution to the owner of the timber.
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