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Graffiti art has a complex history in New York City. Once considered solely as vandalism, graffiti began to gain recognition as a legitimate art form in the late 20th century. However, graffiti done without permission is still considered a crime in New York. So when does graffiti become a criminal offense?
New York has several laws at both the state and city level that prohibit unauthorized graffiti:
So in short, any unauthorized writing, scratching, spraying, tagging or drawing on someone else’s property is considered vandalism and can result in fines or arrest in New York City. Even public property like highways, bridges or sidewalks require permission.
The penalties for graffiti crimes in NYC depend on a few key factors:
More extensive graffiti that causes major damage or is difficult to remove can result in felony charges and jail time:
There are a few defenses that may help fight graffiti charges:
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can often negotiate reduced penalties for graffiti crimes compared to representing yourself. They may also spot potential issues with the prosecution’s case or defenses you can use.
While hiring a private attorney can be expensive, going through the public defender’s office is an alternative option that bases fees on your ability to pay. Public defenders are often overburdened but still provide legal counsel on graffiti cases.
For those wanting to create graffiti legally, New York does have some options:
So in summary, graffiti without consent remains illegal in NYC regardless of artistic merit. Fines, arrest and even jail time are possible depending on the specifics of each case. For those wanting to create graffiti legally, commercial projects, designated graffiti zones and temporary art events provide possible alternative outlets. Consulting with a lawyer can also help understand exact penalties and any defenses that apply.
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