Vandalism is generally defined within the law as the defacement of property by way of any inscribed material, which also includes. In addition, there are also different types of vandalism described by the law. With this type of offence, the elements that determine the type of offence are described within the penal code, which sets out the various offences within the law of a state. When legislators laid down the law, they saw fit to identify certain circumstances in which these offenses, when committed, would occupy a sub-category of its own, due to the seriousness of the consequences of such an act.
Generally speaking, acts of vandalism are divided into three main classes or categories. These categories are defined by the degree of damage done to the property in question. If the cost of the damage is less than $250, the charge is usually for an infraction. If the cost of the damage is less than $400, then the charge is usually for a misdemeanor. If the cost of the damage is $400 or more, then the charge is usually for a felony.
Highway And Freeways
Any acts of vandalism that are committed on or near highways or freeways are misdemeanors, regardless of the cost of the damage caused. A conviction under this particular sub-section of the law carries a maximum penalty of six months in a county jail for a first offence and a year for the second and subsequent offences. A maximum fine of $1,000 may also be imposed for acts on or near a highway, and a maximum fine of $5,000 for acts on or near a freeway.
Places Of Worship
The act of vandalizing a church, temple or some other place of worship, could incur either a felony charge or a misdemeanor charge. A misdemeanor charge in a place of worship would subject you to a penalty of a year in a county jail along with a fine of up to $1,000. A felony charge in a place of worship carries a penalty of one year in a county jail or 2 to 3 years in a state prison in addition to a fine of up to $10,000.
This category offence involves the use of any other noxious or caustic chemical or substance such as butyric acid. A misdemeanor involving the use of such a substance carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in a county jail while a felony carries a maximum penalty of 16 months or two or three years in a state prison.