When many people think of property crimes, they tend to think of instances in which one person takes the property of another person, such as theft or burglary. These may be the most notorious and infamous types of property crimes, but they are far from the only property crimes. One other type of property crime that many people may be familiar with is vandalism. However, while you may have heard the term vandalism, you may not fully understand vandalism in the eyes of the law.
As you are likely aware, vandalism refers to an instance in which someone’s property is defaced or destroyed without the permission of the property owner. What is less clear is just how broad the concept of vandalism is. Vandalism includes issues of defacing such as breaking windows or graffiti but egging someone’s car can also count as vandalism. Other acts such as slashing someone’s tires or knocking down street signs qualify as vandalism and can carry legal consequences.
When determining the legal consequences of vandalism, there are a few different factors that courts consider. Different states have different rules and laws, but the property damage is arguably the most significant determinant. The vandalism of extremely expensive property could be considered a felony, and those convicted of a felony could face fines and imprisonment, and may even be ordered to replace the damaged property.
Because of this, it is extremely important for those accused of vandalism to seek legal defense. Much like theft or any other property crime, a vandalism accusation can lead to serious legal penalties, so it is important to treat your defense seriously. There are many options you can use in your defense, so do not hesitate to seek legal assistance.