Domestic vandalism charges are not uncommon. These incidents can be planned or occur in the heat of the moment, and often involve jointly owned property. Examples of vandalism include breaking objects, ransacking property, tire slashing, keying paint, etc.

Vandalism is defined in California Penal Code section 594(a) as:

“Every person who maliciously commits any of the following acts with respect to any real or personal property not his or her own, in cases other than those specified by state law, is guilty of vandalism: (1) Defaces with graffiti or other inscribed material. (2) Damages. (3) Destroys.”

If the amount of damage is over four hundred dollars you can be charged with a felony and potentially sent to state prison for sixteen months, two years, or three years. If the damage is less than four hundred dollars you can be convicted of a misdemeanor and sent to county jail for up to a year.

If you have been charged with vandalism, you need to contact a law firm that has experience in dealing with these specialized types of cases. The Jacot Law Firm has the expertise and dedication to fight and win your case. Contact attorney Lance Jacot right away for a free consultation. Call toll free 24 hours a day 888-823-4883.