Boise Lawyer Defends Against Vandalism Charges

Vandalism is the term used to describe crimes committed with willful maliciousness that cause damage to private or public property. These crimes include, but are not limited to:

  • Graffiti

  • Keying cars

  • Toppling headstones

  • Pouring salt on grass

  • Littering

  • Breaking windows

  • Ransacking property

  • Egging

  • "Rolling" / "tp-ing" property

  • Damaging mailboxes

  • Slashing tires

  • Filling locks with glue

Vandalism is a very serious issue in the state of Idaho. The majority of offenders are minors but it is no "minor" crime. If you have been charged with vandalism, you will need a Boise criminal defense lawyer at Charles Crafts, Attorney at Law to help you build your case.

Consequences of Vandalism

While many people may think of vandalism as "kid stuff," but a person charged with vandalism can face either misdemeanor or felony charges that include fines, jail time, probation, and community service. Fines for vandalism run in the range of hundreds of dollars to thousands. If you are being charged with vandalism, you could also be sentenced to months of jail time for a single incident of vandalism. In general, the severity of the consequences varies based upon the degree of vandalism, the location, and whether it is a first offense but there are special circumstances that require greater attention to detail than others. For example, vandalism of state and/or federal property, including that of parks, monuments, historic sites, and military installations, carries extremely severe punishments that require immediate legal attention.

Parents can also face consequences if their child commits the criminal act of vandalism. If the parent contributed to the delinquency of his or her minor child, he or she can be held criminally liable. Parents retain legal and supervisory responsibility for their minor children so they may also be charged even if they had no prior knowledge of the child's acts. In these cases, it would be wise to get in contact with legal counsel that specializes in juvenile defense on top of general criminal defense.

Contact a Boise criminal defense lawyer at Charles Crafts, Attorney at Law as soon as possible in order to ensure you take advantage of every opportunity to defend yourself.