People rarely consider vandalism to be a serious criminal offense. Those people truly don’t know just how damaging vandalism is. The seriousness of a vandalism crime is linked directly to the damage it causes. This story from the LA Times is evidence of that.
Cyrus Yazdani, a 26 year old San Jose graduate was on parole for prior vandalism charges when he was arrested again this week. Police had found fresh “Buket” tags in some of Yazdani’s frequent graffiti spots including on a mural on the Hollywood Freeway, on a South LA business, and along a concrete lining of the Los Angeles River.
When Sherriff’s Deputies interviewed Yazdani this week they found fresh paint on his clothing and graffiti tools at his home. He is currently being held without bail for this parole violation.
On the river alone, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Sherriff estimates at least $60,000 worth of damage done by Yazdani. This amounts to some serious vandalism charges.
Yazdani has received notoriety over the internet for his brazen works including a tag he put on the underside of a freeway overpass. This feat was caught on tape and went viral via YouTube along with other videos of his work.
Vandalism isn’t just breaking someone’s window. It is committed when damage is done to any property that is not your own by graffiti, damaging, or destroying. The actual charge faced depends on the value of damage done. If the damage is over $400, it can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor.
Serious property crimes like this can initially begin as a wild night and end in arrest. Facing these charges can be frightening as you wonder what it will mean for your future. If you are facing vandalism or other criminal damage charges, call me to discuss the specifics of your case.