Malicious Injury to Property Laws

Idaho law defines malicious injury to property as maliciously injuring or destroying the property of another. There are a few classifications of this offense and which one you are charged with depends on the circumstances involved.

You could face felony malicious injury to property charges if the prosecution has probable cause to believe you committed malicious injury to property as defines above where the damage or property loss involved is greater than $1,000.

Felony malicious injury to property carries a potential 1 to 5 year prison sentence.

If the value of damage or property loss during the commission of malicious injury to property is less than $1,000 you face misdemeanor charges and a potential one year jail sentence.

Ref: Idaho Statutes §18-7001

Idaho Graffiti Laws

Graffiti is defined by Idaho law as purposely or knowingly vandalizing, defacing, or damaging property by writing, drawing, painting, or etching on it. Graffiti is a misdemeanor charge and carries a potential sentence of up to 12 months in jail as well as fines.

Ref: Idaho Statutes §18-7036

Injuring Monuments, Ornaments, or Public Improvements

You could face this criminal charge in Idaho if the prosecution has probable cause that you willfully marred, disfigured, broke, injured, removed, or destroyed any works of art, monument, landmark, shade tree, ornamental plant, or ornamental improvement.

This offense is considered a misdemeanor charge and carried a potential penalty of up to 1 year in prison and fines as determined by the judge.

Ref: Idaho Statutes §18-7021

Desecration of Graves, Cemeteries, Headstones, or Memorials

If you desecrate any portion of a grave, headstone, cemetery, or memorial, you could face this misdemeanor charge. This charge also applies to any crypt or place where human remains are stored or kept, whether corpses or ashes.

This misdemeanor charge carries a potential maximum sentence of one year in jail and fines.

Ref: Idaho Statutes §18-7027