Often vandalism is thought of as a minor crime by some people, but nevertheless it is important to fully understand the ramifications of vandalism especially in the case of a teen.
Vandalism, as defined by the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the "willful or malicious destruction, injury, disfigurement, or defacement of any public or private property, real or personal, without the consent of the owner or the persons having control." In short vandalism is a crime; it is not a harmless prank. Unfortunately most vandals are young people, young people who may or may not realize the legal consequences of their actions.
The vandal is, of course, liable for the damage he or she inflicts. If a teen is tried in juvenile court, he/she may be charged with vandalism, fines, mandatory community service, and possible jail time may be involved.
While a juvenile rarely has the money to make retribution for the damage he/she creates, parents may be made liable for any vandalism their children may have committed. Limits to the parents' responsibilities may be considered.
As a former prosecutor in Hunterdon County, Anthony Kearns is fully familiar with police practices as is Victor Rotolo, a former police officer in Elizabeth, NJ. As experienced criminal attorneys, they are advocates for you in the court room. This combination of skills and experiences enables them to represent clients charged with vandalism.
Some instances considered to be vandalism are breaking windows, graffiti, stealing, arson, damaging mailboxes, destroying playground equipment, destroying or defacing library books, damaging campground or beach facilities, defacing gravestones, egging or toilet papering property, and littering.
Because vandalism is considered a crime, it is necessary for you to utilize the services of an experienced criminal attorney. If you have a child that has been accused of vandalism, contact Kearns Rotolo Law attorneys to receive advice. Protect your rights and the rights of your children. Call Kearns Rotolo Law today.