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Long Beach Vandalism Defense Attorneys

Vandalism charges often result from graffiti, but they could involve any intentional destruction or defacement of property. Vandalism is typically considered a minor offense, but it is possible to face felony charges if the damage exceeds $400. Even juveniles who have an otherwise clean record could face serious charges and penalties if the prosecution chooses to simply "teach them a lesson." Therefore, anyone facing charges for vandalism, whether they are juveniles or adults, would be well advised to take their situation seriously because the penalties for a conviction are often severe and long-term.

The experienced Long Beach criminal defense attorneys at The Amer Law Firm have a long and successful track record of defending vandalism charges on behalf of adults and young people. We know how a vandalism conviction can hang over your head and present obstacles to future educational or employment opportunities. Please contact us if you are facing these serious charges. We are here to help.

What is Vandalism?

Under California Penal Code 594, vandalism is the destruction or defacing of someone else's property. You can face vandalism charges for keying a car, spraying graffiti on someone else's building or intentionally breaking a window. You should not, however, be convicted for vandalism if you did not commit an act with the intent to destroy or deface property. Under the law, an act of vandalism must be intentional. Therefore, you have not committed the crime of vandalism if you damaged property accidentally. You can, however, still be held accountable for the damage in civil court if the owner chooses to file a claim.

Penalties for Vandalism

The penalties for vandalism depends on the dollar value of the property damage. Vandalism is a wobbler, which means that it can result in misdemeanor or felony charges. If the damages amount to less than $400, the defendant will likely face misdemeanor charges including up to a year of jail time and a $1,000 fine. If the damage is valued at over $400, the penalties may include probation and up to one year in county jail or no probation and up to three years of incarceration as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

These are not the only consequences of a vandalism conviction. Being convicted for a crime, even if it is a seemingly minor offense such as vandalism, can have long-lasting financial, social and professional consequences. Furthermore, a conviction can result in a driver's license suspension of up to two years as well as lengthy probation.

Fighting Vandalism Charges

A skilled California criminal defense lawyer can present a number of legal defenses to vandalism charges including that it happened on accident. Vandalism charges could also be the result of false allegations or wrongful arrest. We often see that feelings of jealousy, anger or revenge can cause people to make false allegations against innocent individuals. This could happen in domestic violence or child custody dispute cases. A defendant may also get falsely accused of violating California's vandalism law. For example, you may look like a person who committed the act. You may have accompanied someone who committed an act of vandalism. Or someone may have mistakenly believed that you damaged his or her property. Vandalism charges sometimes stem from mistaken identity or wrongful accusations.

Juveniles and Vandalism

It is important for the parents of juveniles charged with vandalism to build a solid defense as well. The juvenile, or the parents, will likely have to pay for the damage caused. Additionally, the child may be sentenced to community service and a juvenile record will be created. Having a criminal record can adversely affect the young person's future, including his or her opportunities for higher education and employment. So, it is critical that these types of charges are defended and the young person's record is cleared.

Protecting Your Rights

If you have been accused of vandalism, the consequences can be serious and long-lasting. The skilled Long Beach criminal defense lawyers at The Amer Law Firm will fight for your rights every step of the way. We will identify any flaws in the prosecution's case and carefully examine the case for wrongful accusations. Do not face these charges alone. Please contact The Amer Law Firm at (866) 431-2637 to discuss your case and obtain a comprehensive assessment at absolutely no cost.

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