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.