Do you know someone who has been arrested and taken into custody on vandalism charges? Vandalism is covered under California Penal Code 594 PC and is described as maliciously damaging, defacing, or destroying another person’s property. Vandalism is a crime that’s frequently associated with gangs or other young people. However, with such a broad definition, vandalism can be charged in many situations – some of which might be surprising!
How Do You Get Charged with Vandalism?
The circumstances surrounding whether or not a person is charged with vandalism vary widely from case to case. However, some common ways to get charged with vandalism include graffiti, breaking windows, and more.
Some ways to get charged with vandalism are a little less intuitive. For example, writing your name on someone else’s property, even if the name can be easily removed, might be considered vandalism. Additionally, damaging or defacing property that you own along with someone else can be considered vandalism – even though you own the property – if it legally belongs to the other person, too.
How Serious of A Crime Is Vandalism?
The seriousness of the crime depends a lot on the circumstances surrounding it. For example, vandalism is usually only charged as a misdemeanor unless the value of the damage done is more than $400. If so, the crime becomes a “wobbler” that might be charged as a felony or might not. Also, previous vandalism charges usually influence the severity of subsequent vandalism charges.
Misdemeanor vandalism penalties include up to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. For felony charges, the potential penalties include up to 1 year in county jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
Can You Get SCV Bail Bonds for Vandalism Charges?
Yes! Vandalism doesn’t always result in arrest, but when it does, we can help you out. To get a vandalism bail bond in SCV, just give us a call and provide some identifying info about the person you want to bail out of jail. We’ll use it to locate them within the jail system and verify their eligibility for bail. Then, we have you fill out our short, simple bail bond application forms.
Once everything is filled out, signed, and ready to go, we dispatch an agent to the jail to post the bond. Your friend or loved one will be released as soon as they are processed out