Vandalism

Caught in an Act of Vandalism?

Defense from a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

Under the California Penal Code § 594, those who deface real or personal property with graffiti or other materials are guilty of vandalism. Other criminal acts of vandalism include the damage or destruction of 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. Some common acts of vandalism in California include keying a parked car, decorating a subway or bus stop with graffiti, or defacing a street sign. All of these acts can lead to significant charges.

It is important to speak with a Los Angeles criminal 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.

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.

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