Tulsa, Oklahoma Vandalism Defense Lawyer
Vandalism is a common occurrence that might seem like a harmless prank. However, vandalism is a crime under Oklahoma law that carries hefty consequences. The consequences for vandalism depend upon your criminal record and the value of the property that was damaged or destroyed. To ensure the protection of your legal rights and to minimize the impact on your future if you are facing a vandalism charge, you should enlist the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney.
The Legal Definition of Vandalism
Oklahoma law defines vandalism as an intentional act that defaces, destroys and/or damages another person’s property. Additionally, the act must be done without the victim’s knowledge and consent. A wide range of acts falls within this definition, and, contrary to popular belief, it is not only troubled teenagers who commit acts of vandalism. Some examples of specific acts of vandalism include spray-painting walls or other areas with graffiti, carving a park bench, slashing tires, damaging street signs, keying cars and destroying or overturning headstones.
Punishment for Vandalism
The punishment for vandalism varies according to the value of the vandalized property, and more specifically, the nature of the vandalism itself. Some acts of vandalism are classified as misdemeanors, which are typically punishable by up to one year in the county jail, a fine up to $500 and restitution to the victim. However, other acts of vandalism are classified as felonies, punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary, a hefty fine and restitution.
In addition to the value of the vandalized property and the nature of the vandalism itself, other factors such as age and criminal history have an effect on the range of punishment. In that regard, juveniles do not typically receive jail time, but rather are sentenced to community service and required to pay a fine.
Connect With An Attorney For Your Case Defense
Regardless of your age and criminal history, a vandalism charge can have a serious impact on your life. One of the qualified criminal defense attorneys at the Edge Law Firm can help. If you or someone you know is facing a vandalism charge, contact us for a free review of your case using our online form.