Gang-Related Legislation by Subject
(Laws Updated Through December 2018)

Graffiti

Jurisdictions for this subject:
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 http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/colorado/.

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

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.

Fla. Stat. § 901.15. When arrest by officer without warrant is lawful.

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.

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1351. Unlawful membership recruitment into an organization or association; 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://www.ncleg.gov/Laws/GeneralStatutes.

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.oklegislature.gov/osstatuestitle.html.

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.

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 § 53E-3-509. 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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