In the world of criminal defense, malicious mischief is a relatively straightforward offense. Property damage and/or destruction, often in the form of vandalism (i.e. graffiti), is, under most circumstances, considered a misdemeanor in the state of California. That being said, there are certain things to keep in mind if or when you’re facing charges related to malicious mischief.
All the Fines. All the Community Service.
Vandalism resulting in less than $400 worth of damage will generally carry a maximum fine of $1,000 and, depending on the quality of your legal counsel, up to one year in jail. Fines continue to rise based on the severity of the vandalism, with the most serious cases (i.e. $10,000 or more in damage) resulting in a maximum fine of $50,000.
Furthermore, any act of vandalism in California has the potential to result in 300 hours of community service, the satisfactory completion of which must occur within 8 months of the offense. It’s also important to remember that arson — i.e. the intentional setting ablaze of a given property — may lead to a felony charge.
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If you have any questions regarding misdemeanors, including malicious mischief, please contact the lawyers at Hales & Associates, Attorneys for a complimentary consultation. With over twenty years’ experience defending Murrieta clients in misdemeanor cases, our trusted legal professionals are here to help. Call us at (951) 489-3320 today!