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Vandalism Attorney


Washington Vandalism Criminal Attorney Michael Harbeson Can Help!

In Washington State, Malicious Mischief charges are filed when a person is believed to have knowingly and maliciously caused physical damage to the property of another person or business. Most arrests are based upon the alleged victim's accusations, which are often times inaccurate and exaggerated. A timely intervention by a defense attorney can sometimes prevent criminal charges from being filed.

What is Vandalism?

Vandalism is an act that involves damaging or destroying property. It is typically done willfully. Graffiti is an example of vandalism, because it involves writing or drawing on property without the permission of the owner.

There is also acquisition vandalism. This type of vandalism involves damaging property in order to get money. An example of this is when a person breaks a vending machine in order to get money out of the machine.

Sabotage is yet another example of vandalism, and it involves damaging property in order to make it unusable. This includes things such as arson, slashing tires and gluing locks.

Punishment for Vandalism Charges

Even though vandalism may often seem like a childish act, it is a crime and can be punished with criminal charges.

Vandalism can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor. The age of the defendant, the extent of the damage and the state will determine the punishment. People who are charged with vandalism may be required to pay fines, do community service or serve time in jail.

What to do if You Have Been Accused of Vandalism

If you have been accused of vandalism, then you will need to contact an experienced attorney who works in criminal defense law.

When you contact Tacoma defense lawyer Michael Harbeson for help with your vandalism charges, we help you put together a stronger case than you could on your own. Very often, the alleged victim of vandalism will exaggerate the amount of damage that was actually done. If you contact us in time, we may be able to minimize the charges or possibly even prevent criminal charges from being filed against you! Give us a call today or use the contact form on this page to request a free case evaluation.

What are the charges for Malicious Mischief?

In Washington State, Malicious Mischief can be charged as a gross misdemeanor or a felony. The charges are based upon the dollar amount of the damaged or vandalized property.

3rd Degree 2nd Degree 1st Degree
Charge Gross Misdemeanor Class C felony Class B felony
Jail 24 hours to 1 year Up to 5 years Up to 10 years
Property Damage $750 or less $750 to $5,000 $5,000 and Above
Fines and Penalties Up to $5,000 Up to $10,000 Up to $20,000

The name of the crime varies depending upon the court that handles the criminal complaint. In Seattle and Tacoma Municipal Court, the official name of the crime is Destruction of Property. Malicious Mischief is the name of the charge in the Puyallup, Olympia, and Lakewood, WA courts. Destruction of Property and Vandalism are subject to the same property damage limits and criminal consequences as Malicious Mischief.

Regardless of the degree charged the goal remain the same. We will help you avoid the conviction for the criminal charge, but perhaps more importantly, keep you out of jail.


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