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    Laws - View Law: VANDALISM

    Criminal Damage and Graffiti:

    If you damage property, you will be held accountable. If you recklessly damage property, it is called criminal damage. Criminal damages as defined by Arizona state law (A.R.S. 13-1602A&B) may be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the amount of damage.In many cases you and your parents are responsible for paying for damages.

    Defacing property is also considered criminal damages. This includes marking, scratching or painting of property that does not belong to you and without the owner's permission. Painting graffiti is breaking the law.

    In Arizona, a 16-year old who spray-painted 32 homes, a half-dozen cars, and various garage doors and fences was tried as an adult and sentenced to 2 months in jail and 3 years probation. Juveniles who damage the property of others can be placed on probation (either with or without detention) and can be required to pay for damages.

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    On 03/13/09
    Anon from AZ said:
    Graff is an amazing thing. Yeah some people ruin it for others. Still look at all the good artists out there. Like Augor. It's stupid to think that people can get in trouble for this.
    On 01/09/09
    C from AZ said:
    If you want to express yourself with art that's fine, paint your own property. When people start showing their art on my car, my house or just property that does not belong to them it's a sign of poor manors and parenting. It cost the city and people lots of money to clean the damage. How would you feel if your property was violated. And just remember that the person that your doing this to, might not be able to pay for the damage you cause.
    On 09/19/08
    Anon from AZ said:
    Me and a friend just recently got caught tagging the city of Phx, first time offence getting charged with a class 5 fellony... I dont remember hurting anyone or putting anyone down. its sad that so many people think we are free in this country i do agree its alot better then most but not as good as many...Its a sad day when 2 teens get arrested for expressing there emotions and art in the city for everyone to see... we hurt nobody.
    On 06/13/08
    mike from AZ said:
    How come my friend got arrested for graffiti for writing in sidewalk chalk on the sidewalk?
    On 04/16/08
    carina from AL said:
    this is an ok law
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