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Orange County Vandalism Attorney

The action most people first think of when they hear the word vandalism is graffiti. The crime of vandalism, however, encompasses much more than just spray paint on a wall.

Defense of Vandalism

The key to defending a vandalism case lies in the mental state. Like other crimes, vandalism requires the person to have committed the offense "intentionally." While the common English understanding of this word seems simple enough, the imagination (as well as real life) calls for countless examples of property being damaged without any intention at all.

Law of Vandalism

Defacing, damaging, or destroying someone else's property is all considered vandalism (Penal Code § 594). The action must be committed intentionally however, with the intent to do a wrongful act and annoy or injure someone else.

This offense most often applies to young individuals who commit vandalism through such forms as graffiti or property defacement. Vandalism, however, can also apply to adults when during a bout of anger or excitement, property damage results. Vandalism can be charged not only as a felony or misdemeanor, but also as an infraction as long as the property damage is less than $250.