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How much trouble can tagging get you into?

Many people don't consider vandalism like graffiti or tagging to be a "big crime"; at least not compared to things like drunk driving, drug dealing, or assault. However, you should be aware of the fact that California actually takes vandalism quite seriously, and you could be in for some trouble if you're ever accused of defacing property.

The Santa Clarita Gazette clarified that vandalism in all forms is not generally considered a minor infraction, though it can wobble between classifications. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be facing a felony charge instead of a misdemeanor. The cost of damages will usually play the primary role in determining which side it falls on, with damages of over $400 resulting in a felony while damages under $400 may be charged as a misdemeanor.

Additionally, if you're charged with vandalizing more than one item, you'll likely be charged with a felony instead of multiple misdemeanors. Because of this, you could find yourself facing very expensive fines and even time in jail. It doesn't look good on your record, either.

Arrests are also made quickly, as police prioritize the quick eradication of graffiti along with the rapid identification and arrest of anyone who has committed the crime. They put these priorities first in order to diminish the thrill of tagging and prevent taggers from causing even more damage. Generally speaking, they aim to destroy graffiti within 24 hours of it being reported.

As you can see, vandalism isn't a crime without punishment in California. This is why it's important for anyone facing vandalism charges to really understand what they're up against.

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