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Institutional Vandalism in Pennsylvania

Contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys to learn your rights and options concerning any crime for vandalism or any other charge. Below you will find the actual text of the Pennsylvania statute governing vandalism charges in Pennsylvania. This was current as of July 2010. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense law firm is primarily in the business of fighting for defendants’ rights; we are not in the business of updating websites, but wanted to at least give you some information for educational purposes, only. You should talk to a lawyer for legal advice to fully learn your rights in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. We will explain to you the vandalism or graffiti-related crime, possible punishment, and all your options.

18 Pa.C.S.A. § 3307. Institutional vandalism
(a) OFFENSES DEFINED.– A person commits the offense of institutional vandalism if he knowingly desecrates, as defined in section 5509 (relating to desecration or sale of venerated objects), vandalizes, defaces or otherwise damages:

(1) any church, synagogue or other facility or place used for religious worship or other religious purposes;

(2) any cemetery, mortuary or other facility used for the purpose of burial or memorializing the dead;

(3) any school, educational facility, community center, municipal building, courthouse facility, State or local government building or vehicle or juvenile detention center;

(4) the grounds adjacent to and owned or occupied by any facility set forth in paragraph (1), (2) or (3); or

(5) any personal property located in any facility set forth in this subsection.

(A.1) ILLEGAL POSSESSION.– A person commits the offense of institutional vandalism if, with intent to violate subsection (a), the person carries an aerosol spray-paint can, broad-tipped indelible marker or similar marking device onto property identified in subsection (a).

(b) GRADING.– An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree if the act is one of desecration as defined in section 5509 or if the actor causes pecuniary loss in excess of $ 5,000. Pecuniary loss includes the cost of repair or replacement of the property affected. Otherwise, institutional vandalism is a misdemeanor of the second degree.

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