Oklahoma law defines vandalism as an intentional act that defaces, destroys and/or damages another person’s property. Additionally, the act must be done without the victim’s knowledge and consent. A wide range of acts falls within this definition, and, contrary to popular belief, it is not only troubled teenagers who commit acts of vandalism. Some examples of specific acts of vandalism include spray-painting walls or other areas with graffiti, carving a park bench, slashing tires, damaging street signs, keying cars and destroying or overturning headstones.
Vandalism is a common occurrence that might seem like a harmless prank. However, vandalism is a crime under Oklahoma law that carries hefty consequences. The consequences for vandalism depend upon your criminal record and the value of the property that was damaged or destroyed. To ensure the protection of your legal rights and to minimize the impact on your future if you are facing a vandalism charge, you should enlist the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney.
Property Damage and Juvenile Vandalism Laws