Any person who maliciously commits defaces with graffiti or other inscribed material, damages or destroys the real or personal property belonging to another could be charged with vandalism. If the defaced property is valued under $400.00, the offense will be charged as a misdemeanor. If the defaced property however is valued over $400.00, the offense will charged as a felony.
Conviction of misdemeanor or felony vandalism not only will, but shall result in a one-year suspension of a defendant’s California Driver’s License. This bill was enacted to deter gang members and taggers from tagging walls, private and public properties. When the bill was passed however, it was interpreted so broadly that it called for the suspension of anyone’s license when they committed vandalism; regardless of age, and manner in which the alleged vandalism occurred.