Consequences of Graffiti Vandalism

“What does graffiti say about you?”
If you are engaging in graffiti vandalism then you may not be aware of the legal consequences. Not only can it lead to a criminal record, it may also prevent you from getting a job or being able to travel to other countries later in life.


Legal consequences of graffiti vandalism


The penalties for adults participating in graffiti vandalism have increased as of 12 October 2016, which reflects the serious nature of graffiti offending.

Penalties for graffiti vandalism include:

Adult – 18 years and older
• Up to 2 years imprisonment; and/or
• Up to $24,000 in fines.

Juvenile - under 18 years
• Police caution or referral to a Juvenile Justice Team;
• Youth community based order – such as the Juvenile Clean Up Program




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