Gang-Related Legislation by Subject
(Laws Updated Through December 2017)

Graffiti

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Arizona
California
Colorado
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Louisiana
Maryland
Minnesota
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

Arizona view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://www.azleg.gov/arstitle/.

Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 8-323. Juvenile hearing officer; appointment; term; compensation; hearings; required attendance; contempt

Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 11-251. Powers of board

Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-1602. Criminal damage; classification

Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3320. Suspension of license for persons under eighteen years of age; notice; definition

California view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml.

Cal. Gov't. Code § 38772 (LexisNexis). ["Defacement of property by graffiti by minor"]

Cal. Gov't. Code § 38773.2 (LexisNexis). ["Collection of costs incurred; Notice; Graffiti nuisance abatement lien"]

Cal. Gov't. Code § 38773.6 (LexisNexis). ["Defacement of property by graffiti by minor; Special assessment"]

Cal. Gov't. Code § 53069.3 (LexisNexis). ["Use of public funds to remove graffiti"]

Cal. Gov't. Code § 61002 (LexisNexis). Definitions [Community Services Districts/General Provisions/Introductory Provisions]

Cal. Pen. Code § 594 (LexisNexis). ["Vandalism; Punishment"]

Cal. Pen. Code § 594.1 (LexisNexis). ["Sale, purchase or possession of aerosol paint container; Posting of notice by retailers"]

Cal. Pen. Code § 594.2 (LexisNexis). ["Possession of specified instruments with intent to commit vandalism or graffiti"]

Cal. Pen. Code § 594.6 (LexisNexis). ["Condition of probation on subsequent conviction of vandalism"]

Cal. Pen. Code § 594.7 (LexisNexis). ["Effect of previous vandalism convictions"]

Cal. Pen. Code § 594.8 (LexisNexis). ["Possession of destructive implement with intent to commit graffiti"]

Cal. Pen. Code § 640.5 (LexisNexis). ["Affixing graffiti on or in vehicles of governmental entity or public transportation system"]

Cal. Pen. Code § 640.6 (LexisNexis). ["Penalties for affixing graffiti on real or personal property"]

Cal. Pen. Code § 13825 (LexisNexis). ["State Graffiti Clearinghouse"]

Colorado view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://leg.colorado.gov/agencies/office-legislative-legal-services/colorado-revised-statutes.

Colo. Rev. Stat. § 30-15-401 (LexisNexis). Definitions [General regulations] - definitions

Delaware view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://delcode.delaware.gov/.

Del. Code tit. 11, § 812. Graffiti and possession of graffiti implements; class G felony; class A misdemeanor; class B misdemeanor

District of Columbia view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/code/.

D.C. Code § 1–325.101. Anti-Graffiti Mural Assistance Program Fund

D.C. Code § 22–3312.04. Penalties

D.C. Code § 22–3312.05. Definitions [Trespass; Injuries to Property]

D.C. Code § 42–3141.01. Definitions [Abatement of Graffiti]

D.C. Code § 42–3141.02. Nuisance

D.C. Code § 42–3141.03. Notice of graffiti nuisance and reply

D.C. Code § 42–3141.04. Deemed authorization to abate

D.C. Code § 42–3141.05. Notice of violation; service of notice

D.C. Code § 42–3141.06. Answer and expedited hearing

D.C. Code § 42–3141.07. Payment of abatement costs and penalties

D.C. Code § 42–3141.08. Graffiti Abatement Fund

D.C. Code § 42–3141.09. Collection against an owner

D.C. Code § 42–3141.10. Graffiti abatement materials

Florida view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/.

Fla. Stat. § 806.13. Criminal mischief; penalties; penalty for minor

Georgia view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/default.

Ga. Code Ann. § 17-15A-2 (LexisNexis). ["'Graffiti' defined"]

Ga. Code Ann. § 17-15A-3 (LexisNexis). [Compensation for Criminally Inflicted Property Damage: "Legislative findings"]

Ga. Code Ann. § 17-15A-4 (LexisNexis). ["Removal of graffiti by inmates; no waiver of sovereign immunity; no fees to property owners"]

Hawaii view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/.

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 46-1.5. General powers and limitation of the counties

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 577-3.5. Property damage, parental responsibility

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 708-823.6. Graffiti; sentencing

Idaho view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/.

Idaho Code Ann. § 18-7036. Injury by Graffiti

Illinois view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs.asp.

55 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/5-1078.5. Graffiti

Indiana view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2017/ic/titles/034.

Ind. Code § 31-37-19-17. Delinquent acts involving criminal mischief or use of graffiti; suspension of operator's license or invalidation of learner's permit

Ind. Code § 31-37-19-20. Restitution or removal of graffiti; rescission of order suspending or invalidating operator's license or learner's permit

Ind. Code § 35-31.5-2-50. Community restitution or service

Ind. Code § 35-31.5-2-146. Graffiti

Ind. Code § 35-43-1-2. Criminal mischief; institutional criminal mischief; controlled substances criminal mischief

Louisiana view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://legis.la.gov/legis/LawSearch.aspx.

La. Stat. Ann. § 14:56.4. Criminal damage to property by defacing with graffiti

La. Stat. Ann. § 14:56.5. Criminal damage to historic buildings or landmarks by defacing with graffiti

Maryland view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutes.aspx.

Md. Code, Crim. Law § 6-301. Malicious destruction -- Generally

Md. Code, Crim. Pro. 11-603. Restitution determination

Minnesota view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/.

Minn. Stat. § 473.41. Transit Shelters and Stops

Minn. Stat. § 617.90. Graffiti Damage Action

Nebraska view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/laws.php.

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 23-187. Subjects regulated; power to enforce.

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-111. Enhanced Penalty; enumerated offenses.

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-524. Graffiti; Penalty

Nevada view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://www.leg.state.nv.us/law1.cfm.

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 62E.690. Certain Offenses Concerning Graffiti or Defacement of Property: Suspension or Delay in Issuance of Driver’s License

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 206.005. "Graffiti" Defined

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 206.125. Damage of Property Used for Purpose of Religion, for Burial or Memorializing Dead, for Education, as Transportation Facility, as Public Transportation Vehicle or as Community Center; Damage of Personal Property Contained Therein; Penalty; Restitution

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 206.330. Placing graffiti on or otherwise defacing property: Fines and Penalty; restitution; parent or guardian responsible for fines and Penalty if person violating section is under age of 18 years; suspension of driver's license

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 206.335. Carrying Graffiti Implement at Certain Locations With Intent to Vandalize, Place Graffiti on or Deface Property

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 206.340. Graffiti Reward Account Created; Administrative Assessment to Be Imposed for Certain Violations; Use of Money in Account

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 206.345. Person or Entity to Be Paid if Restitution Is Ordered for Violation of NRS 206.125 or 206.330

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 244.3693. Removal or Covering of Graffiti on Real or Personal Property of County; Civil Penalty

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 244.3694. Abatement of Graffiti on Nonresidential Property

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 244.3695. Graffiti Reward and Abatement Fund: Creation; Use; Administrative Assessments; Payment of Rewards

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 244.36915. "Graffiti" Defined

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 244.36935. Abatement of graffiti on residential property

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 268.408. Abatement of graffiti on property owned or controlled by city; civil action authorized to recover civil Penalty and damages

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 268.4075. "Graffiti" Defined

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 268.4085. Graffiti Reward and Abatement Fund: Creation Required; Use of Money; Administrative Assessment; Offer of Reward

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 331.145. Duty to Remove or Cover Graffiti Placed on State Property; Civil Action to Recover Civil Penalty and Damages

New Hampshire view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/indexes/default.html.

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 631:4. Criminal Threatening

New Jersey view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://lis.njleg.state.nj.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=Publish:10.1048/Enu.

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2A:4A-43.2. Additional Penalty for Juvenile Adjudicated Delinquent

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2A:4A-43.3. Suspension or Postponement of Right to Operate Motor Vehicle of Person Convicted of or Adjudicated Delinquent for Certain Violations

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2A:153-4.1. Damaging Property by Acts of Graffiti; Ordinance; Determination of Recipients of Reward

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2C:17-3. Criminal Mischief

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2C:33-10. Causing Fear of Unlawful Bodily Violence, Crime of Third Degree; Act of Graffiti, Additional Penalty

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2C:33-11. Defacement of Private Property, Crime of Fourth Degree; Act of Graffiti, Additional Penalty

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2C:33-14.1. Vandalizing Railroad Crossing Devices, Property; grading of offenses; graffiti

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2C:33-24. "Act of graffiti" defined

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 13:1E-217. Clean Communities Program Fund

N.J. Rev. Stat. § 40:48-2.59. Graffiti on Buildings, Structures and Other Exposed Surfaces; Ordinances Enforcing Prohibitions

New Mexico view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://public.nmcompcomm.us/nmnxtadmin/.

N.M. Stat. § 30-3-8.1. Seizure and Forfeiture of Motor Vehicle; Procedure

N.M. Stat. § 30-15-1.1. Unauthorized graffiti on personal property

New York view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/lawssrch.cgi?NVLWO:.

N.Y. CLS Pen. § 60.28. Authorized Disposition; Making Graffiti and Possession of Graffiti Instruments

N.Y. CLS Pen. § 145.60. Making Graffiti

N.Y. CLS Pen. § 240.10. Unlawful Assembly

North Carolina view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://www2.ncleg.net/Laws/GeneralStatuteChapters.

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-127.1. Graffiti vandalism

Oklahoma view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/index.asp?ftdb=STOKST&level=1.

11 Okla. Stat. tit. § 22-112-2. Graffiti Removal

Oregon view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/Pages/ORS.aspx.

Or. Rev. Stat. § 137.131. Community Service as a condition of probation for offense involving graffiti

Or. Rev. Stat. § 164.381. Definitions [Graffiti-Related Offenses]

Or. Rev. Stat. § 164.383. Unlawfully Applying Graffiti

Or. Rev. Stat. § 164.386. Unlawfully Possessing a Graffiti Implement

Or. Rev. Stat. § 164.388. Preemption

Or. Rev. Stat. § 419C.461. Graffiti Offenses; Personal or Community Service; Liability for Damages

Pennsylvania view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/Public/cons_index.cfm.

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3304. Criminal Mischief

Rhode Island view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/.

R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-44-21.1. Graffiti—Defacing Private Residences, Offices, Businesses, or Commercial Property

R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-44-21.2. Restitution or removal of graffiti -- Rescission of order suspending or invalidating operator's license or learner's permit

R.I. Gen. Laws § 11–44–21.2. Restitution or Removal of Graffiti Rescission of Order Suspending or Invalidating Operator's License or Learner's Permit

South Carolina view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/statmast.php.

S.C. Code Ann. § 16-1-100. Crimes classified as misdemeanors

S.C. Code Ann. § 16-11-770. Illegal Graffiti Vandalism; Penalty; Removal or Restitution

Tennessee view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/default.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 6-54-127. Graffiti Removal; Liability

Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-3-101. Definitions -- Maintenance and abatement of nuisance -- Forfeiture of property -- Payment of moneys from forfeiture into general funds

Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-14-412. Mailbox Tampering; Graffiti

Texas view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Index.aspx.

Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 125.061. Definitions [Membership in Criminal Street Gang]

Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Art. 102.0171. Court Costs: Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Funds

Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Art. 42A.509. Community Supervision for Graffiti Offense

Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Art. 61.01. Definitions [Compilation of Information Pertaining to Criminal Combinations and Criminal Street Gangs]

Tex. Fam. Code § 54.046. Conditions of Probation for Damaging Property with Graffiti

Tex. Fam. Code § 54.0481. Restitution for Damaging Property With Graffiti

Tex. Local Gov’t Code § 250.006. Graffiti Removal

Tex. Pen. Code § 28.03. Criminal Mischief

Tex. Pen. Code § 28.08. Graffiti

Utah view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://le.utah.gov/xcode/code.html.

Utah Code § 53A-15-603. Gang Prevention and Intervention Policies

Utah Code § 76-6-107. Graffiti Defined—Penalties—Removal Costs—Reimbursement Liability

Utah Code § 76-6-107.1. Compensatory Service—Graffiti Penalties

Utah Code § 76-6-206. Criminal Trespass.

Utah Code § 78A-6-117. Adjudication of jurisdiction of juvenile court -- Disposition of cases -- Enumeration of possible court orders -- Considerations of court

Utah Code § 78A-6-1113. Property Damage Caused By a Minor—Liability of Parent or Legal Guardian—Criminal Conviction or Adjudication for Criminal Mischief or Criminal Trespass Not a Prerequisite for Civil Action Under Chapter—When Parent or Guardian Not Liable

Virginia view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode.

Va. Code Ann. § 15.2-1812.2. Willful and Malicious Damage to or Defacement of Public or Private Facilities; Penalty

Washington view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/.

Wash. Rev. Code § 4.24.330. Action for Damages Caused by Criminal Street Gang Tagging and Graffiti

Wash. Rev. Code § 9A.48.105. Criminal Street Gang Tagging and Graffiti

Wash. Rev. Code § 36.28A.210. Graffiti and Tagging Abatement Grant Program

Wash. Rev. Code § 36.28A.220. Grant programs - Effectiveness evaluations

Wisconsin view all subjects for this state To access this state’s laws, visit https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/prefaces/toc.

Wis. Stat. § 943.012. Criminal Damage to or Graffiti on Religious and Other Property

Wis. Stat. § 943.017. Graffiti.


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