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Vandalism Charges in Newport Beach, CA

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Vandalism is described in California Penal Code Section 594. This offense may involve various situations where a person is accused of willfully or maliciously destroying another’s property. Graffiti is a potential example of vandalism, as is any other act that damages, defaces, or destroys property.

At first glance, a vandalism charge may not seem too serious. In California, however, severe penalties can be imposed if you are convicted of vandalism, including jail time and significant fines. A Newport Beach vandalism defense attorney can advise you of your rights and how to best approach these charges.

At Khanjan | Nosratabadi, Trial Attorneys we represent clients across Orange County who have been accused of or arrested for vandalism. Call us at (949) 565-1005 for a free consultation!

Penalties for Vandalism in California

The penalties for vandalism will vary depending on the extent of property damage:

  • If the property damage is valued at less than $400, vandalism is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 1 year in county jail and/or a fine of $1,000.
  • If the property damage is valued at more than $400, vandalism may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Felony vandalism is punishable by 1 to 3 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

In addition to these penalties, a person convicted of vandalism will have to pay victim restitution and may face community service or other penalties.

Defenses to Vandalism Charges

Depending on the situation, our Newport Beach vandalism lawyers may be able to build a viable defense against vandalism charges. If the incident was an accident, for example, you should not face criminal charges. We may be able to use this or a situation of mistaken identity, false allegations, or a violation of your constitutional rights to have your charges dismissed.

Accused of vandalism? Do not wait to find out how we can help you. Call (949) 565-1005 today!

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