Property Crimes

Property crimes can refer to two different categories of criminal offenses including theft-related violation and non theft-related violations.

The non theft-related violations typically include:

  • Vandalism
  • Trespass
  • Arson

Theft-related property crimes commonly include:

  • Larceny
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Auto theft
  • Other forms of theft


Vandalism is defined under section 594(a) of the California Penal Code as follows: Every person who maliciously commits any of the following acts with respect to any real or personal property not his or her own is guilty of vandalism:

(1) Defaces with graffiti or other inscribed material.
(2) Damages.
(3) Destroys.

Vandalism can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony, usually depending on the dollar amount of damage that is caused. If the property damage is $950 or more, the case can be filed as a felony and is punishable by up to three years in state prison. If the property damage is less than $950, it will usually be filed as a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in the county jail. However, there are other factors that can cause a vandalism case to be filed as a felony. To get more information, please contact our office.

Under California law, there is a mandatory one year driver’s license suspension of anyone who is convicted of vandalism. This suspension also applies in cases where a person pleads guilty to vandalism in a negotiated plea.


Arson is defined under section 451 of the California Penal Code as follows: A person is guilty of arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned or who aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, any structure, forest land, or property.

Arson is classified as a serious and violent felony (strike) offense that is punishable by commitment in state prison. The punishment for arson varies depending on a variety of factors, including the circumstances surrounding the alleged violation. To get details about your case, contact our office and schedule a free and confidential consultation with a felony attorney.


Trespass is codified under section 602 of the California Penal Code. Trespass to land is a misdemeanor offence punishable by a maximum sentence of 180 days in the county jail.

To get information about theft-related property crimes, please visit Theft Offenses.

If you are charged with a property crime, please contact our office by calling 1-800-384-5464, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on this page. Attorney Ardalon Fakhimi will be happy to discuss your case during a free and confidential consultation.