Vandalism is the malicious destruction or defacement of someone else’s property. Vandalism charges can arise from intentional destruction or defacement of personal or public property, and some of the most frequent cases of vandalism arise when graffiti is made on public or private property. Vandalism can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the amount of damage done, with more than $950 making it a felony.
On top of probation and/or jail and fines, a vandalism conviction can also lead to a loss of one’s driver’s license for up to a year.
If you have been charged with vandalism and the evidence of your guilt is strong, your attorney may still be able to keep the conviction off your record by seeking and reaching an agreement, known as a civil compromise, with the person, business, or agency whose property was damaged. If you have been charged with vandalism, do not despair. Call Mr. Ganschow to discuss how to keep your record clean even when the odds are stacked against you.