Benjamin Zicherman
The Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman

The Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman

Vandalism

 

Vandalism

Defacing the property of another, whether with spray paint, ink or etching is vandalism and is a “wobbler” offense and can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the amount of damage done by the vandalism. In addition to jail or prison time, significant fines exceeding $10,000.00 may be assessed against those convicted of vandalism. Similarly possession of vandalism tools, many of which are household items is a misdemeanor. Gang enhancements are becoming increasingly common with vandalism charges, which is a "strike" under California's "Three Strike" laws.

Most vandalism cases turn on witness testimony and testimony regarding the dollar amount of the damage caused. You need a skilled attorney to cross examine witnesses and argue damages with the court. Also, many vandalism cases involve search and seizure issues, which can be critical to your defense.

If you, a family member or friend has been charged with vandalism, early representation is the key to a successful defense. At the Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman, I have the experience, resources and sophistication to defend your rights. Contact me immediately for your free consultation.