We Fight For You And Your Freedom

Federal Vandalism Attorneys in Miami

Defending You against All Types of Federal Crimes

Although most people know that vandalism is against the law in Florida, few are aware that in certain cases, defendants can also be prosecuted in federal court for the same crime. Federal crimes tend to be prosecuted and punished much more aggressively than state offenses, so if you have been charged with vandalism in federal court, it is critical to speak with a Miami federal crime attorney who can ensure that your rights are protected.

Prohibited Conduct

Under federal law, it is unlawful to destroy, injure, deface, or damage someone else’s property, which includes real property. Federal vandalism will only be charged when the land or waters in question are within the bounds of property owned by the U.S., which includes parks, historic buildings, and government structures.

Those who are accused of vandalism can also be charged with additional offenses, including:

  • Trespassing, which involves entering government property without the owner’s consent;
  • Tampering, which can be charged if a person moves or manipulates government property;
  • Harassment, which involves reckless or intentional harassment of park visitors and also requires physical contact; and
  • Obstruction, which can be charged when a person is accused of intentionally or recklessly obstructing a sidewalk, highway, trail, railroad track, public utility right-of-way, building entranceway, or other public passage.

It is important to note that a person cannot be charged with obstruction if he or she is only one of a number of people gathering together to hear a speaker.

What Qualifies as Vandalism

Vandalism is broadly defined as the destruction or defacement of another person’s property and often includes:

  • Spray painting;
  • Throwing eggs or other objects;
  • Breaking windows;
  • Defacing park benches; and
  • Arson.

Although the government is not required to prove that a defendant knew that the property belonged to the United States, prosecutors do need to provide evidence that the accused purposefully and, with the knowledge that the activity was against the law, inflicted the damage. The penalties that defendants face depend on the level and value of the damage inflicted on the property. For instance, if the damage exceeds $100, the accused will be charged with a felony, which could mean up to 10 years in prison. Damage valued at less than $100 will instead be charged as a misdemeanor, which is still punishable by up to 1-year imprisonment. If there is evidence of an element of bias as a motive for the offense, the defendant could also be charged with a hate crime. These types of crimes are often charged when vandalism seems to be racially motivated or when there is evidence that offensive symbols or imagery were used during the alleged crime.

Contact Us Today

Why Hire Us?


Serving Criminal Defense Clients For Over 45 Years

We Are Available 24/7 and Offer Complementary Consultations

Fully Prepared to Get The Best Possible Results in Each Case

We Wrote the Book on How to Handle Federal Cases

We are Top-Rated and Award Winning Attorneys

Speak With An Attorney

Contact a Miami Federal Crime Attorney for a Complementary Case Evaluation

Those who are convicted of vandalism face exorbitant fines and even jail time. This can have a devastating effect on defendants, many of whom are irresponsible teenagers who did not realize the gravity of their actions. Having a solid defense is critical in these types of cases, so if you or your child was charged with vandalizing federal property, please contact the legal team at Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. by calling (786) 460-2937 today.

Resource:

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • Jeffrey Weiner & Diego Weiner did an excellent work and obtained a successful result in our case which was a... read more

    Diana Murcia Avatar
    Diana Murcia

    During one of my educational presentation for the Valencia Gun Club in South Florida (close to 100 members) I am... read more

    A Google User Avatar
    A Google User

    Probably the best lawyer in Miami! Probably the best lawyer in Miami! During my research his name came up several times and I was very impressed... read more

    Andres Avatar
    Andres
  • Mr. Diego Weiner is an excellent Attorney. I had a complex case where he presented me options I did not... read more

    Eric Holliday Avatar
    Eric Holliday

    They did an amazing job in my case and I will always be grateful to them for saving me and my family during those difficult times. I recently retained the law firm of Jeff Weiner and words cannot begin to describe how pleased I am with... read more

    Katherine L. Avatar
    Katherine L.

    The best lawyers!! Such an amazing team, they helped me through a very tough time. Excellent service. They all have amazing hearts and... read more

    Rosa Baez Avatar
    Rosa Baez
  • Mr. Weiner is an outstanding attorney and a man of his word. I came to him over 20 years ago... read more

    Edwin L Avatar
    Edwin L

    Mr. Weiner is one of the most honest attorneys I have ever met. Mr. Weiner is one of the most honest attorneys I have ever met. I am so glad that he agreed... read more

    Kathy Avatar
    Kathy

    I am forever grateful for the work done by attorney Jeffrey Weiner. I had never before needed a defense attorney... read more

    Charlie Daye Avatar
    Charlie Daye

Schedule a Complementary Consultation Now

Hire a team of dedicated attorneys who have successfully obtained favorable results for thousands of clients.

main
image_480 (2)

The Law Office Of Jeffrey S. Weiner Is Based In Miami, Florida And Represents Clients Throughout Florida In Both State And Federal Courts, Throughout The United States, As Well As International Criminal Courts.

How May We Help You?


Call Us Now

786 516-2275

Send Us A Message

lawfirm@jeffweiner.com

Visit Our Office

Two Datran Center,
Suite 1910
9130 South Dadeland Blvd.
Miami, Florida 33156

Speak to a Lawyer

305 670-9919