When a person is caught in the act or accused of damaging someone else’s property, they can be charged with criminal damage or vandalism. According to Arizona law, a person can be charged with vandalism if they are caught doing any of the following:
- Defacing or damaging property
- Tampering with property to impair its function or value
- Drawing or inscribing slogans, signs, words or other types of symbols on public or private buildings – also known as graffiti.
Vandalism charges can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor based on the extent of the damage and the value of the property involved. When vandalism takes place at a school, church or cemetery, it is automatically charged as a felony.
We often seen minors involved in vandalism and graffiti cases. It’s especially important that a minor facing such charges seeks the help of an attorney as soon as possible. Convictions of such crimes can have long-reaching consequences for a young man or woman.
Vandalism Attorney – Kyle T. Green
If you or your child is facing vandalism charges, please call my office as soon as possible. I have many years of experience defending against criminal charges such as vandalism and have the knowledge and skill needed to help you avoid conviction and heavy sentences. My previous experience as a prosecutor gives me a unique advantage in presenting a case in court if the case goes that far.
With any vandalism charge, it must be proven that the person accused of the crime was willfully causing damage to the property. In some cases, we are able to prove that the damage was unintentional. I’ll start by working to have charges dropped or reduced.
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The first step in successfully defending a vandalism case is to carefully look at the evidence and facts surrounding the case. Call my office to set up a complimentary case review so that we can review the information pertaining to your charges and discuss defense strategies.