When It’s More Than a Broken Window: Understanding California Vandalism Cases
Sometimes things happen, and property gets damaged or broken. But when the damage is deliberate or the property is destroyed with a malicious intent, it could be considered vandalism under California law.
When Is It Vandalism?
How does the law define vandalism? According to California Penal Code Section 594, someone who maliciously does one of the following actions, may be found guilty of vandalism:
- Defaces property with graffiti or other inscribed material
- Damages or destroys real or personal property that belongs to someone else
If you are accused of vandalism, be aware that the state of California doesn’t take this type of crime lightly. For example, if you are found guilty of vandalizing property, you could be looking at imprisonment or a hefty fine.
Vandalism comes in many different forms and can involve various types of property. Some of the common examples of vandalism include:
- Spray painting the wall of a privately-owned building
- “Keying” someone’s car
- Breaking a window
- Smashing mailboxes
While some of the above activities might not seem like a big deal, in the eyes of the prosecution, they are major offenses. The prosecution believes that vandalism is a big deal and that perpetrators should be punished according to the law. If you have been accused of vandalizing property, though, don’t give up. An experienced vandalism attorney may be able to build a strong defense on your behalf.
Getting Legal Help for Your California Vandalism Case
At the Law Offices of Robert Ernenwein, we know what the prosecution looks at when building cases. How do we know this information? Robert Ernenwein is a former Los Angeles prosecutor who understands how these cases are handled. As our client, we will apply this knowledge to your case to help you avoid jail time and a significant fine.