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Types of vandalism and the possible effects on a youth’s future

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2022 | Juvenile offenses |

Many youthful individuals may struggle to understand the ramifications of their decisions, especially if they feel that no one else is being harmed in the process. However, harm does not always have to be physical in nature, and issues such as property damage can also leave others facing significant hardships. Vandalism is a type of offense that could leave youthful individuals facing various challenges and parents in Washington who encounter such issues might not always know how best to handle the situation. 

The types 

Experts indicate that acts of vandalism can take on various forms, ranging anywhere from the altering or defacing of property to major property damage. Using spray paint on a wall is a common example of a type of vandalism that could prompt the need to clean or repaint a piece of property. While youths may feel that egging someone’s house or car might be funny, they may not understand the damage this can do, and this is also listed as a form of vandalism. 

Keying the side of a car or breaking a window out are also examples of types of vandalism. Experts also indicate that knocking down public street signs or damaging public park benches is also illegal and those who take part in such acts could face dire repercussions. Regardless of whether youthful individuals do not intend to harm someone else or remain confident that they won’t get caught in the act, taking part in acts of vandalism could leave a person facing severe ramifications. 

The outcome 

Parents of youthful individuals who face charges for vandalism might not always know where to turn for guidance on their options. When similar issues arise, a person in Washington could choose to speak with an attorney who understands what is at stake for guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can help address the situation a client is facing, provide insight on what to expect from the process and assist in creating a strategy to seek the most favorable outcome possible regarding the future of his or her child via the proper outlets.