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Vandalism can be a Misdemeanor or Felony in Vista Courts

Vandalism can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the cost to repair the damage.  Every person who maliciously defaces with graffiti (or otherwise), damages or destroys real or personal property is guilty of vandalism per California Penal Code 594 (a) et seq.  It is a felony if damages are $400 or more punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.  It is a misdemeanor if damages are under $400 punishable by up to a year in jail and $1000 fine.  Restitution is always ordered for repairs.  There can even be a driver's license suspension.

Is Vandalism under $400 in Carlsbad a Misdemeanor?

Vandalism in California under $400 is a misdemeanor and becomes a felony if the damage is $400 or more.  As a misdemeanor, it is punishable by up to 12 months county jail, $1000 fine and restitution for damages.  Additionally there can be a loss of driving privilege.  The punishment for a felony is up to a 3 year prison term, $10,000 fine and restitution.  See California Penal Code 594 for additional information concerning vandalism and potential penalties.  These penalties can increase depending on a prior record of similar conduct or damage over $10,000. 

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