The police are aggressive in their pursuit of offenders and prosecutors are stern in their approach to those who have been arrested. Make no mistake, Making Graffiti, pursuant to New York Penal Law 145.60, is a crime that many District Attorney's Offices are taking a firm stand against. Although the New York criminal defense attorneys and former Manhattan prosecutors at Crotty Saland PC have successfully avoided criminal records on behalf of clients accused of Making Graffiti, Criminal Mischief and Possession of Graffiti Instruments, often times prosecutors do not make an offer on these crimes when an individual is first arrested. As a result, you and your New York criminal defense lawyer must be prepared to "fight" from the onset of your case.
Generally, one is guilty of Making Graffiti, pursuant to New York Penal Law 145.60, when one makes a mark (etches, draws on, covers, etc.) on another's property (whether it be public or private) with the intent to cause damage. Making Graffiti is an "A" misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
Compounding matters, the Vandal Squad is relentless in their pursuit of those who have already been arrested once. In the event you are accused of making a particular "tag" or sign, the police may seek to re-arrest you and charge you with an offense for each and every tag they believe you made. In fact, we have represented multiple clients where police officers in this unit have contacted our clients despite having legal representation and attempted to get admissions as to these other alleged incidents. This is a clear violation of the law. Obviously, in the event you are in such a situation or accused of such crimes, be prepared to work with your New York criminal defense attorney to prevent this from happening and to either get a dismissal of the case or work out an appropriate disposition.
If you are being investigated or have been arrested for Making Graffiti or the related crimes of Criminal Mischief and Possession of Graffiti Instruments, contact the New York criminal defense lawyers at Crotty Saland PC for a consultation. In the event you want to educate yourself on the laws involving graffiti as well as legal decisions, other crimes and cases in the news, please review the New York criminal lawyer blog at newyorkcriminallawyer-blog.com.