California Vandalism Defense FAQs
1. Can I still be charged with vandalism even if the damage was not permanent?
Yes, damage does not need to be permanent to constitute vandalism under California Penal Code 594. For example, writing on a glass window with a marker pen was punishable defacement under the statute. See In re Nicholas Y. (2000) 85 Cal.App.4th 941, 944 [102 Cal.Rptr.2d 511].
2. Can I get my charge reduced?
It is important that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. The attorney will first try to get the case dismissed. If the case cannot get dismissed, the attorney may be able to obtain a reduced charge. For vandalism, an attorney can help you get a felony vandalism charge reduced to a misdemeanor with lighter penalties.
3. Are there any alternatives to getting my driver’s license suspended?
A person who is convicted of vandalism may elect to reduce the period of suspension or delay imposed by the court by performing community service under the supervision of the probation department.
The period of suspension or delay ordered shall be reduced at the rate of one day for each hour of community service performed.
In addition, your attorney should seek a plea bargain agreement that does NOT include a suspended license.
4. Can I be charged with vandalism if the damaged property was owned by me and someone else?
Yes, it is considered vandalism if you are a co-owner of property and you damage/deface the property without the other co-owner’s consent.
If you or a loved one has been charged with Vandalism in California, call Wallin and Klarich today at (877) 466-5245. We will get through this together.