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NJ Vandalism & Graffiti Charges NJSA 2C:17-3

NJ Vandalism Lawyers

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As NJ Vandalism & Graffiti lawyers, we are committed to fighting your criminal charges.
You will benefit from our extensive trial experience.
Most importantly, we will be honest about your chances of winning your case.
We never guarantee results.
However, we absolutely guarantee that we will aggressively fight for you!

Your case is as important to us as it is to you.  Each case is different and we welcome the opportunity to protect & defend you.

When you hire us, you will get complete access to us. We respond to all communications & love answering questions.
Our fees are reasonable and we offer payment plans.

What is the nJ Vandalism & Graffiti Law?

Under the New Jersey law (N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3), a person is guilty when he or she:

  • Purposely or knowingly causes damage to someone’s tangible property;
  • Recklessly or negligently causes damages someone’s tangible property using explosives, fire, or other dangerous means;
  • Purposely, knowingly or recklessly tampers with someone’s tangible property in a way that endangers person or property.

What are the penalties?

Second-Degree Felony

Punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines

  • tampering with or destroying any device used to regulate air traffic at an airport which recklessly causes death
  • tampering with or destroying any equipment involved in the carrying out of a public service which recklessly causes death

Third-Degree Felony

Punishable by 3 to 5 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines

  • causing more than $2,000 in losses
  • causing interruption, or impairment, of any public service such as communication, transportation, or supply of gas or water.
  • damaging or defacing any property used by a research facility or causing disruption of the facility
  • damaging or defacing any gravesite or human remains

Fourth-Degree Felony

Punishable by 6 to 18 months in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

  • causing between $500 and $2,000 in damages
  • damaging any device used to regulate air traffic at an airport
    tampering with any airport or landing strip
  • breaking or digging up of pipes or mains used to supply gas or water to a building
    destroying any electric light wires or poles or any cable or television lines

Did you cause less than $500- worth of damage?

Disorderly Persons Offense:

  • Punishable by up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 in fines.
  • Graffiti – If the damaging of the property involves graffiti, the defendant may be required to pay the owner of the defaced property the cost of the damage to the property and perform community service of either a minimum of 20 days, or the number of days required to remove the graffiti.
  • Destruction of Rental Property by Tenant – Any person convicted of criminal mischief which involves the destruction of rental premises by a tenant or former tenant in retaliation for eviction may also be required to pay the owner for the amount of damage caused.

Do I Have A Right To A Trial??

You absolutely have a right to a trial.
Our NJ Vandalism & Graffiti Lawyers will prepare your defense and take your matter to trial.
Remember: You are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Common Charges

Vandalism & Graffiti charges are commonly charged with Trespassing & Criminal Mischief.

If you think about it, it makes sense.

You entered a property without permission (trespassing) and the act of painting graffiti could be described as criminal mischief.

Legal Defenses

This is a very difficult question to answer.

For example, you may get arrested because of a “false accusation”. 
Perhaps you have an “alibi” defense.
For example, this means that we can show proof that you did not commit the crime. We can show that you were out of the country.

It is important to examine all of the evidence against you before we develop a defense theory.

important tip: Be Patient! You will Get Your Day in Court

Remember, when you talk to a police officer, everything you say can & will be used against you.
Do not try to explain your story to a police officer. There is always time for that.
If you make a mistake while you are telling your story to a police officer, this becomes evidence against you.
Be patient and hire a NJ Vandalism & Graffiti lawyer to help you with your criminal case.

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If you would like to meet with us to discuss your case, we offer FREE consultations.

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