Self-Expression Can Mean Jail Time if You’re Not Careful

Self-Expression Can Mean Jail Time if You’re Not Careful

Driving through any city in California, you will more than likely see street art or graffiti. If you feel like you’ve never seen any graffiti or street art, strolled along Venice Beach and you’ll seen plenty. What you might not know is that there is a difference between the terms: street art and graffiti. Graffiti is illegal, whereas street art is legal as long as the artist has the correct permissions.

Graffiti is considered vandalism. The graffiti artist defaces property without obtaining permission from the owner of the property. When someone gets caught for vandalism they could be in serious trouble. Depending on the cost of the damage determines the amount of jail time and the size of the fine. A person can earn themselves one year in jail and a $50,000 fine.

If a person is unde...