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The basics of juvenile vandalism charges

Everyone makes mistakes as a child, and sometimes, those mistakes come with serious consequences. If your teen faces vandalism charges, it is important you understand what this property crime charge entails.

Understanding the basics of vandalism charges may assist you in choosing the best form of defense. There are a few key facts you need to know about such charges.


Illinois criminal code criminal damage to property fully defines property damage, otherwise known as vandalism. In short, vandalism is an act by an individual that damages the property of another party without their permission. Some common forms of vandalism include:

  • Graffiti
  • Tagging buildings
  • Keying cars
  • Breaking windows

These are just a few of the possible types of vandalism. Though the charge of vandalism is the same across the board, it is considered a juvenile case if the individual is under the age of 17. In such instances, the cases are tried in juvenile court.


Vandalism is not an accident. Therefore, the intentionality of the accused party is essential to building a property damage case. The prosecution must show the individual's intentional act resulted in the damage to the property. It is important to understand the guilty party does not have to intend to cause damage; if an action results in damages, an accusation of vandalism may still be valid.


Individuals may face a few different types of penalties for a juvenile property damage conviction, including fines or restrictions, as well as serve time in a detention facility or attend a diversion program. Depending on the severity of the property damage and any additional factors presented, the judge may use discretion to determine the particular penalties the case warrants.

These factors lay the foundation for a vandalism case; however, there are many other additional aspects that contribute to the process. Take some time to review the law and to speak with a knowledgeable professional to determine the best way to move forward.

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