People work hard to acquire the property they have. Most people want their property to remain in good condition for as long as possible. Sometimes, other people will take it upon themselves to destroy or deface property that belongs to another person. This might be done for any number of reasons, including trying to show off their artistic abilities in the form of graffiti. No matter what the reason, defacing or destroying another person’s property is a criminal act that can lead to criminal charges.
Some people might not realize that even actions that seem more like pranks, such as egging a home, are considered vandalism. Other possible acts of vandalism include keying a car, slashing tires, breaking windows, knocking down signs, altering street signs or spray painting someone else’s property.
People who are accused of vandalism sometimes don’t have to actually commit an act of vandalism. Depending on the circumstances, simply having something that could be used to vandalize a place could lead to vandalism charges. For example, a minor who is walking around public property with cans of spray paint might end up being accused of meaning to commit vandalism.
Some acts of vandalism are considered very serious. For example, damaging a railroad is considered a felony that carries up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Those who are facing a vandalism charge should make sure that they under what the possible penalties are if they are convicted. Working on a defense with the penalties in mind might help you to stay focused.
Source: FindLaw, “Vandalism,” accessed June 10, 2016