Los Angeles Vandalism Defense Attorneys
How Do You Define Vandalism?
Under the California Penal Code § 594, those who deface real or personal property with graffiti or other materials are guilty of vandalism.
To be charged with vandalism, two elements must be met:
- You damaged or defaced the property of another person
- You had malicious intent to destroy the property
If you have been charged with vandalism in or around Los Angeles, California, you may be facing serious penalties. A conviction of vandalism can result in prison time and heavy fines.
Acts Considered Vandalism
Some common acts of vandalism in California include:
- Keying a parked car
- Decorating a subway or bus stop with graffiti
- Defacing a street sign
- Egging someone's property
- Breaking the windows of someone's home or vehicle
- Spray painting property to deface it
- Slashing tires of someone's car as revenge
All of these acts should be taken seriously as they can lead to significant charges.
Is Vandalism a Misdemeanor or Felony?
In the state of California, vandalism charges can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or felony. The circumstances surrounding your cases will be evaluated to determine the charges you may receive. It may be seen as a simple act of mischief and in such cases, you can be let off with a misdemeanor charge. If, however, the perceived intent was malicious, you may be facing penalties related to a felony. Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP can provide you with a strong defense.
Charged with Vandalism? Call Us Today.
It is important to speak with a defense attorney from our firm to discuss possible defenses to help you effectively have your charges reduced or even dropped. At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, we have the defense techniques to provide you with legal action you need. Contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible so that we can begin the investigation of your case to build an effective defense. Our firm can help you determine the best course of action to take.
Schedule your consultation with our team today.