President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed, again, this week by someone with a pick ax.  This is the second time in less than two years that his star was vandalized.

Witnesses observed a man carrying the pick ax break up the star on the pavement.  The suspect then called police himself and advised that he was the one who vandalized the star.  The man was later booked on suspicion of felony vandalism.

In the previous incident, the defendant in that case plead no contest to felony vandalism and was sentenced to three years of probation, 20 days of community service and ordered to pay $4,400 for the damage.

Vandalism laws in California prohibits the maliciously damaging, defacing or destroying someone else’s property, you did not own that property, or owned it with someone else.  If the property’s value is below $400, this will generally result in a misdemeanor charge.  If the damage done is above $400, this will generally result in a felony (“wobbler”) charge.    The penalties for a conviction of misdemeanor vandalism can include up to 1 year in county jail, a fine of up to $1,000 (or more if you have prior convictions), and informal probation.  Keep in mind, however, that other potential penalties can include a suspension of your driver’s license for up to 2 years, mandatory counseling and community service.

While every case, and set of facts, is different, some common defenses to vandalism charges are that the damage was an accident, mistaken identity, damage done was not malicious in nature.  Also, the use of a “civil compromise” is common in vandalism cases and allows for the criminal proceedings against you to be permanently suspended (effectively dismissed).

If you have been charged or are being investigated for a vandalism-related offense, contact attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible.  There are a number of ways in which to fight your case and attorney Ross Erlich provides a free case consultation.  Oftentimes reaching out to the victim in the case to make sure they are compensated for any out-of-pocket expenses and are “made whole”, greatly helps the case resolve in your favor.

Don’t go at it alone.  Let an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney represent your best interests and get you the result you deserve.  Attorney Ross Erlich handles vandalism cases in all Los Angeles county courthouses, Orange county courthouses, and Ventura county courthouses.

Milton Bradley, the former Dodger outfielder who has had many behavior-related issues on and off the field, was sentenced last Tuesday to 2.5 years in Los Angeles County Jail and 5 years of probation.  The sentence came after Bradley was convicted last month by a jury for kicking his wife and attempting to choke her.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge Thomas Rubinson handed down the sentence, which also includes 400 hours of community service and the 52 week domestic violence and anger management class.

Last month a jury found Bradley guilty of, among other charges, four misdemeanor counts of spousal battery, two counts of criminal threats, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and brandishing a deadly weapon.  These charges all stemmed from incidents in 2011 and 2012 where Bradley threatened to beat his wife with a baseball bat, kicked and choked her inside of their home.

As is apparent from this sentence, prosecutors and judges take incidents of domestic violence and spousal battery very seriously in Los Angeles County, particularly where there are injuries, threats and real fear by the victim.  Each misdemeanor domestic battery or domestic violence conviction is punishable by up to 1 year in the Los Angeles County Jail and up to a $1,000 fine.  Furthermore, each domestic violence-related conviction typically also carries a mandatory 52-week domestic violence and anger management class and a possible prohibition on owning a firearm for 10 years under state law.

If you have been arrested for domestic violence or spousal abuse, it is important to contact attorney Ross Erlich right away to protect your rights and freedom.  There is a lot at stake when you are charged with domestic abuse and it is crucial for you to make sure your side of the story is heard.

Contact attorney Ross Erlich today for a free consultation.

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