Vandalism Defense Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Vandalism is defined by California law as maliciously destroying or defacing another person’s property. It can be charged as either an infraction, a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the monetary value associated with the damages:

  • Damages worth less than $250, the act of vandalism was specifically graffiti or “other inscribed material,” and you have no prior vandalism offenses, the offense may be charged as an infraction but can be charged as a misdemeanor
  • Damages worth less than $400 may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor 
  • Damages worth more than $400 may be prosecuted as a felony

Penalties For Vandalism

Infraction –

  • Subject to community service and up to a$1,000 fine

Misdemeanor –

  • summary probation
  • up to one year in county jail
  • a fine of up to $1,000 (this increases to $5,000 if you have a prior vandalism conviction)
  • driver’s license suspension for up to two years
  • community service
  • counseling

Felony –

  • up to one year in a county jail
  • up to a $10,000 fine (this can be increased to up to $50,000 if the damages were in excess of $10,000)
  • probation
  • counseling
  • community service

If the damages for a felony vandalism charge are over $400, you stand to serve significantly more jail time and could possibly be sentenced to two to three years in a state prison.

Defense Strategies Against Vandalism Charges

A seasoned California defense attorney is knowledgeable about the defense strategies that are most likely to prevail in the California court system.

  • The vandalism that occurred was an accident
  • You are being falsely accused
  • It was not you who vandalized the property

Jennifer Mouzis can help construct a solid vandalism defense that will stand up in court.

Don’t wait – call for a consultation today.