Be Aware of What Type of Charge You are Facing
If you or a loved one is charged with the crime of Vandalism (CPC 594) it is important to be aware of what type of charge you are facing and what the potential consequences for a conviction can be.
Felony or a Misdemeanor
The crime of Vandalism, under California Penal Code Section 594 is what is known as a wobbler offense. This means that it can be charged as a Felony or a Misdemeanor, depending on the individual facts of the case. If the amount of the damage is alleged to be less than $400, then it would likely end up filed as a misdemeanor offense, under CPC 594(a). This means that the maximum punishment would be 1 year in jail. However, if the amount of the damage is $400 or more, it is possible that it may be filed as a Felony under CPC 594 (b)(1) and may be facing more severe consequences.
If you or anyone you know has been charged with Vandalism, or any other criminal offense, do not wait. It is important to know what your defenses may be and to be aware of the potential effect that such a conviction can have on your record and your life. Contact The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian today for a free consultation.