San Diego Vandalism Attorney

Vandalism includes graffiti and can appear harmless but the reality is that it causes damage, money, and headaches to property owners. Vandalism includes defacing, damaging, or destroying real or personal property that belongs to another person or the government.

Vandalism is a misdemeanor and the punishment can vary depending on the value of the damage. If the value of the damage is less than $400, a conviction of vandalism can be punished by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. If the person has been convicted of vandalism previously, the fine can be up to $5,000. If the value of the damage is more than $400, in addition to a year in jail, the fine can up to $50,000.

The court will also, “when appropriate and feasible,” order the defendant to clean up, repair, or replace the damaged property, or order the defendant to keep the damaged property free of graffiti for up to a year. The court can consider other community service if cleaning up the property isn’t appropriate in the situation.