Graffiti Offenses And Penalties (42)


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Graffiti Offenses And Penalties (42)

  1. 1. Graffiti Offenses And PenaltiesGraffiti is one form of vandalism, which is a criminal offense in all states in the United States. Eachstate has its own charges and penalties for dealing with acts of graffiti. In the state of Florida, graffitican range from a relatively minor criminal charge to a severe offense, depending on the offenderspast record and the severity of the vandalism. Even a minor charge can have a serious impact onyour current and future life. Beyond the court ordered penalties, your personal and professionalopportunities may hampered by a criminal record.Breakdown of ChargesThere are a number of different charges for graffiti and other forms of vandalism in Florida. They arebroken down by the value of the damage, site of the graffiti, and the individuals criminal history asfollows:• First offense, less than $200 in damage: Second degree misdemeanor• First offense, $200-$1000 in damage: First degree misdemeanor• First offense, greater than $1000 in damage: Third degree felony• Second offense, any amount of damage: Third degree felony• Damaging a public service: Third degree felony• Damaging a religious site: Third degree felonyVandalism PenaltiesThe greater the degree of your charge, the more severe the penalties. The range of penalties forgraffiti charges in Florida are specified below:For a misdemeanor conviction:• Probation• Fine of at least $250 for a first conviction, $500 for a second conviction, $1000 for a third conviction• Restitution to pay for graffiti damage• Community serviceFor a felony conviction:• Up to 5 years in prison• Maximum of $5000 in fines• Additional fines of at least $250, $500, or $1000 for a first, second, or third conviction respectively• Restitution for damage caused by graffiti• Community serviceIf you have been charged with a graffiti offense, you may be facing severe penalties if convicted. It istherefore important to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side to help protect yourrights and defend your case. Anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty, and a criminaldefense attorney will help you determine the best course of legal action for your situation.fort collins dui