Charged with Vandalism in Murrieta, CA?
Consult with a Murrieta Criminal Defense Attorney!
It is against the law in California to deface, damage or destroy someone
else's property without the property's owner's permission.
This is a crime that is referred to as vandalism. One common type of vandalism
is the act of defacing a property with graffiti or other inscribed material.
A few examples of the different types of property that can be defaced,
damaged or destroyed through vandalism include real property (such as
buildings), public property, signs, vehicles and furnishings. Vandalism
is a common
juvenile crime, though many adults are charged with this offense as well. The penalties
given for vandalism convictions depend on the amount of damage that occurred
as a result of the offense.
Were you or your minor child charged with vandalism? If so, the
Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates can provide you with hard-hitting defense. Murrieta criminal defense
Attorney Nic Cocis has been practicing law since 1999, so he is well-equipped to serve as
your legal advocate! Our
criminal defense team is ready to protect your rights and help you seek a positive outcome
to your criminal case.
Penalties for Vandalism in California
As mentioned, it is the amount of damage sustained that determines what
the penalties for a vandalism conviction will be. According to
California Penal Code 594, the following amounts of damages will result in the following penalties:
Less than $400 in damages—up to one year in jail and/or fine of up to $1,000 (maximum fine
increases to $5,000 for repeat offenses)
$400 or more in damages—up to one year in jail or up to three years in jail and/or a fine
of up to $10,000
More than $10,000 in damages—imprisonment and/or fine of up to $50,000
If the defendant is a minor and is unable to pay the fine, the parent is
held liable for the financial penalty. Defendants who are convicted of
graffiti-related vandalism offenses can be ordered by the court to personally
clean, repair or replace the damaged property. If the court wants to go
a step further, it can even order the defendant to personally keep that
property or another property within the community graffiti-free for as
long a year.
With a strong defense plan, you may be able to avoid being convicted and
penalized—you may at least be able to minimize the negative consequences
of a conviction.
Contact us at the Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates so we can provide you
with a strong line of defense. Since we offer
free case evaluations, you have nothing to lose by discussing your criminal case with us! Since
1999, we have helped countless adults and juveniles from Murrieta, Temecula,
Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Perris, Banning, Corona and Riverside.
We can help you too!