Elements of Vandalism

30 April 2013

If you are facing a vandalism charge, the prosecutors will have to prove the specific elements of vandalism defined in California Penal Code 594.

The following elements must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt for you to be convicted for vandalism:

  1. The defendant intentionally defaced with graffiti or other inscribed material, damaged, or destroyed personal or real property
  2. The property did not belong to the defendant AND
  3. To determine punishment – the amount of damages alleged is more or less than $400.00.

There may be several defenses available to you if facing a vandalism charge.  One of the first defenses that should be investigated is whether or not the prosecution can prove you are the person that vandalized the property.  Mere allegations through speculation may not be enough for you to be convicted of this crime.

If you are facing a vandalism charge, call the Law Offices of Nam Q. Doan | OC Legal Defense today at (714)248-DOAN(3626).  I will help you get your charges dismissed.  For more information, visit www.OCLegalDefense.com and read the Vandalism section.