Vandalism Charges in San Diego

Guidance from Our San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

According to Penal Code 594(a), vandalism occurs whenever someone does any of the following to personal property belonging to another, without permission of the owner:

  • Defaces with graffiti
  • Damages
  • Destroys


The crime of vandalism is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor.

If the amount of damage is over $400, the maximum penalty is 16 months in the state prison, or one year in the county jail, and a fine of up to $10,000. However, if the amount of damage is greater than $10,000, then the fine can be as high as $50,000.

If the amount of damage is less than $400, then it is a misdemeanor only. The maximum sentence is one year in the county jail, and a $1,000 fine.

In addition, in some cases, a conviction can also result in a two year suspension of your driver license. Our San Diego criminal defense lawyer has had great success in preventing this from happening to his clients.

Civil Compromise

A civil compromise is a legal procedure where Mr. Richardson can contact the owners of the property to have them agree to dismiss the charges if the defendant pays for the damage. The result is that the charge is dismissed in court and there is no criminal record for the client.

Why Hire The Law Offices of Timothy J. Richardson?

Our firm has handled over 3,000 cases with outstanding success. San Diego criminal defense attorney Tim Richardson has the respect of judges and prosecutors. If you have been arrested for vandalism, Mr. Richardson is the wise choice for representing you. He will contact the owners to negotiate a civil compromise to get the charges dismissed.

Many people who are accused of criminal offenses have cases that can be won by having the right attorney and legal team behind them. Mr. Richardson exposes the flaws and weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and has the knowledge and trial experience to prevail over the prosecutor.

Call (619) 473-5662 today to schedule your free confidential consultation.


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