According the CA Penal Code 594 graffiti means a person who:

  • Defaces with paint or any other liquid;
  • Damages; or
  • Destroys any real or personal property not his/her own

Graffiti that is valued at $400 worth of damage is punishable by up to 1 year in jail, a $10,000 fine or a combination of the two. Graffiti damage estimated to exceed $400 can be punishable as a felony in San Francisco – even for minors. Damages in excess of $400 can be punishable by up to 3 years in state prison and a fine of as much as $50,000.

If the graffiti occurred on a place of worship the graffiti, regardless of the damage amount can be punished by up to 3 years in State prison. Graffiti done by using a acid or other caustic substance can be punished by up to 3 years in State Prison and $50,000.00 fine.


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