Often viewed as a crime of juvenile mischief, vandalism is actually a relatively serious charge with potentially major consequences for those convicted. There are many different ways to commit vandalism in the state of California, and all of them will be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense. If you or your child has been charged with vandalism, contact Somera Law Group today for a free consultation. Our team is experienced with these types of cases and will get right to work defending your name.

Vandalism is defined under the law as defacing, destroying, or damaging any property that doesn’t belong to you, and doing so without the owner’s permission. Far more than just a teenage prank, vandalism is taken seriously in the courts and will lead to a mark on your permanent record if you are convicted.

Among the many different ways in which vandalism can be committed, consider the following -

  • Graffiti
  • Slashing car tires
  • Carving initials into property
  • Knocking over headstones in a cemetery
  • Breaking windows
  • Smashing mailboxes

As a general rule of thumb, vandalism cases in which the damage was under $400 will be charged as a misdemeanor, while anything over $400 is a felony charge. There is typically no jail time associated with a first offense, but further convictions could result in time in jail. If there are extenuating circumstances like being a gang member or using hate crime related language in the vandalism, the charge could be elevated to a felony even if it falls in the below $400 category.

Defending yourself against vandalism charges in the state of California requires an experienced attorney that has been there before. Call Somera Law Group right away for your free consultation. We look forward to defending you in this matter.