Possible Consequences for Vandalism

It is a common misconception that vandalism is just about spray painting another property, as the term vandalism has a more general meaning. Vandalism occurs when a person intentionally damages or defaces a property of another, including public properties.

It may come in many forms, such as destroying a person’s car or house windows, slashing the tires of another person’s car, destroying street signs, and punching and kicking another person’s property. An important distinction in vandalism is that the vandal really has the intention of destroying, altering, or defacing a property that does not belong to him or her.

Penalties
Penalties for vandalism differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in terms of gravity, but the penalties themselves have mostly the same idea.

Fines: One of the most obvious consequences of any offense is the payment of fines, and vandalism is no exception to this. Fines can be several hundreds or thousands of dollars, depending on the jurisdiction. Also, it is important to note that this fine is paid to the jurisdiction, not to the owner of the damaged property.

Jail Time: A vandal may be required to serve time in jail, especially if the act of vandalism has resulted into significant damage to the victimized property. If the vandal has previous records of vandalism or any other kind of offense under his or her name, the jail time may be more severe.

Probation: If you commit an offense, the court might order that you should be under probation, or in other words, supervision with several conditions you need to follow. One of the most common conditions is community service, where you will need to work for a volunteer organization or any other recognized body for a given period.

Restitution: Just like fines, restitutions are financially damaging penalties. They are enforced to make up for the damages the property owner has sustained because of the vandalism. In other words, this is the fine you pay to the owner of the vandalized property. Typically, the amount you pay is large enough to cover the costs of repairs or replacements.

Defense
The laws are not very friendly towards vandals, as these people slowly become a bigger and bigger threat to the property of others. But according to the website of the Amerio Law Firm, vandalism charges can be defended. It just means that even though the law has its teeth on vandalism, proper enforcement of regulations and due process is still the top priority, to prevent injustice and unwarranted penalties.

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