Vandalism Defense Attorney
Violation of California Penal Code 594, also known as Vandalism, is a common yet serious crime in California. Often when people thinks of vandalism they think of teens throwing eggs at cars, or teepeeing a neighbor’s home. However, vandalism offenses can result from a wide range of actions, and can carry serious fines and prison time.
You can be charged with vandalism if you maliciously commit any of the following to a person’s property: Defacing it with graffiti or other written material, damaging it, or destroying it. That means you be charged with vandalism if you smash a window, key a car, or smash a plate during a fight with your spouse. This is one of those crimes that is frequently added on to other more serious offenses. For example, if you are charged with burglary and smashed a window to gain entry, chances are you will also be charged with vandalism.
Misdemeanor or Felony Vandalism Offense
Vandalism is what is known as a “wobbler,” meaning that it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. How you are charged depends on a few factors, including:
- the value of the property,
- circumstances of the case,
- and the accused’s past criminal history.
Typically, to be charged with felony vandalism, the damage caused or the value of the item destroyed, must be $400.00 or more. This is not a very high bar considering that it is difficult to find a cell phone that costs less than $400.00.
Possible Jail Time, Restitution, and Fines
The possible sentences for misdemeanor and felony vandalism are as follows:
Misdemeanor vandalism is punishable by and or all of the following: up to one year in jail, restitution to the victim, and a possible fine of no more than $1000.00.
Felony vandalism is punishable by any or all of the following: up to 3 years in prison, restitution to the victim, and a fine of not more than $5000.00, or if the amount of damage, defacement, or destruction of the property exceeds $10,000.00, a fine of not more than $50,000.00.
Vandalism Lawyer for Your Defense
Formulating a defense for vandalism can be challenging, but an attorney who is familiar with this crime will be able to advise you on the best course of action, and help you achieve the best possible outcome. If you or a loved one has been charged with vandalism, you need and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. At the Law Office of Andrew Bouvier-Brown we have the experience, knowledge, and skill to help guide you to the best possible outcome.