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Vandalism of property can be an encompassing charge. Contact your criminal attorney
Penal Code section 594 makes it illegal to maliciously damage the property of another. This can range from breaking
windows to spray painting graffiti. Vandalism can be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the
amount of damage. In addition, if vandalism is committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang it can be
charged as a felony as well.
In order to be convicted of violating Penal Code section 594 the district attorney must
1. The defendant maliciously defaced with graffiti or with other inscribed material or damaged or destroyed real or
2. The defendant did not own the property/owned the property with someone else;
3. The amount of damage caused by the vandalism was $400 or more (in order to be charged as a felony).
Someone acts maliciously when he or she intentionally does a wrongful act or when he or she acts with the unlawful
intent to annoy or injure someone else.
Graffiti or other inscribed material includes an unauthorized inscription, word, ﬁgure, mark, or design that is
written, marked, etched, scratched, drawn, or painted on real or personal property.
There are a variety of different types of vandalism depending on the motive of the accused. Obviously graffiti
committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang or a tagging crew. However, vandalism can also be committed as
part of a hate crime or a domestic violence incident or even a political protest.
The number one issue is usually identity. In addition, the amount of the damage can also be a critical issue in
determining if the case is treated as a misdemeanor or as a felony. An experienced criminal attorney will
effectively craft a defense to insure that you have the best possible result for your vandalism charge. San Diego
Criminal Attorney Donte Wyatt has experience dealing with vandalism cases in a criminal street gang scenario,
during a domestic violence incidence and regarding tagging crews. If you or a loved one is charged with vandalism
contact San Diego Criminal Attorney Donte Wyatt he can help.
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