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Juvenile Charges of Vandalism

San Jose Juvenile Lawyer And Santa Clara Juvenile Charges Of Vandalism Attorney

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Bending the rules is almost a rite of passage for teenagers. Young people are notorious for pushing boundaries and seeing what they can get away with. A reasonable amount of this behavior is nothing to be concerned about, however sometimes young people get caught up in bad decisions and end up committing a crime. Though juveniles may only consider it harmless pranking to spray paint a building or key a car, these things are against the law. Those found guilty of vandalism, even those under age 18, can face serious punitive and personal consequences.

Malicious Defacement

Vandalism is one of the most common crimes charges brought against juvenile individuals in California. Under California Penal Code Section 594, vandalism includes malicious defacement or damage to another individual’s personal property. Although teenagers can sometimes be tried as adults, charges of vandalism against a minor are almost always prosecuted in the juvenile court system. A vandalism charge can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime. For example, a person who is charged with vandalism for the first time and has caused less than $400 worth of damage will probably be charged with a misdemeanor. However, if the defendant has caused more than $400 worth of damage and/or has previously been convicted of vandalism, they will likely face felony charges.

In the State of California, juveniles convicted of vandalism can face punitive consequences including, but not limited to suspension of driving privileges, probation, jail time, community service, and hefty fines. California’s juvenile courts are limited to a small range of punishments and do not place minors in an adult jail or prison. Nobody wants a bad decision from their youth to negatively affect them for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, those convicted of crimes as a minor can later petition to have his or her juvenile court record sealed or even destroyed. If a minor is convicted of vandalism, his or her parents are usually responsible for restitution. For example, parents may have to pay the cost of cleaning up graffiti or replacing or repairing damaged property.

San Jose Juvenile Law Professionals

Experienced San Jose juvenile defense attorney Wesley J. Schroeder know that juveniles who make mistakes or get involved with the wrong crowd deserve a second chance. We aggressively fight for the rights of minors and work hard to avoid conviction. If your child has been accused on juvenile charges, do not hesitate to contact us for help. Schedule your appointment today by calling 408-277-0377.