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the title says it

Sal Corrao

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Vandalism

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli By Sal Corrao Vandalism Definition of Vandalism -An offense that occurs when a person destroys or defaces someone else's property without permission. Elements of Vandalism -Have to knowingly cause serious physical harm to the structure: Mens rea Mitigation/Aggravtion -Can be aggravated from 2nd degree misdemeanor up to 3rd degree felony depending on the value of property damaged and the physical harm done Sentencing Guidelines -First based off of the state of crime committed in and value of property damage done Examples The Case -Two kids from Clyde that vandalized a cemetery and turned out to have quite the records of prior offenses -Effects are those such as broken windows, graffiti, damage to vehicles, and even damage or destruction of a person's website. -Can be commonly seen on billboards, street signs, and building structures, as well as near bus stops, tunnels, cemeteries, and many other public spaces. -Law protects all property whether public, private, or government owned -Covered by state statutes and thus varies by state -In general Vandalism is a very broad topic and can be punished in a variety of ways -Being in a gang, result of hate crime, and prior convictions are aggravating circumstances -A mitigating circumstance/defense is that the vandalism was "art" and done in "self expression" or out of indifference/accident -Was accused part of a gang, hate crime, or have previous offenses -Affects the quality of life of the person and their property -Considered non-violent but can be a precursor to violent crimes -Misdemeanor or Felony based on damage cost -Can result in jail/prison based on severity with probation -Generally have to get property back to how it was (Restitution) -Oftentimes they have to participate in Community Service Programs that help clean up graffiti etc. Video Time Sources http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2909 http://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/vandalism.html



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