Graffiti and Property Damage
Graffiti has been a part of humanity for tens of thousands of years, dating back to cave dwellings in prehistoric societies. Today, graffiti is typically considered a form of property damage or vandalism and is considered a criminal offense. Graffiti is any type of public markings, usually in paintings or words.
Generally, graffiti is considered a misdemeanor; however, in some cases it can be considered a felony with stiff penalties. If you have been wrongly accused of graffiti and are now facing serious consequences, you need a qualified attorney to fight for you. Contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 today to discuss your case.
Wisconsin Graffiti Laws
In order for graffiti to be considered an illegal act, it must be any intentional marking, drawing, or writing on someone else’s physical property that was created without permission. The state of Wisconsin considers graffiti as a class A misdemeanor with the following repercussions:
- Up to nine months in prison
- Fines up to $10,000
In some cases, graffiti could be considered a Class I felony if the following factors are present:
- The damage to the property is at least $2,500
- The damage to is to a highway or other road that could cause further damage or an injury
- The graffiti is done on a public utility that could be disruptive to daily operations
If you are convicted of felony graffiti, you could face a fine up to $10,000 and up to three and a half years in prison.
If you have been charged with creating graffiti, you need someone to fight for you. Contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 today to learn more about how we can help you handle the accusations against you.