Graffiti like this is more than just an eyesore; it results in millions of dollars of damage to Maricopa County citizens' homes and businesses every year.
To combat this growing trend, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Community Action Bureau created an Anti-Graffiti Program, which includes a strict prosecution policy and community education.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has employed various investigative techniques, including hidden cameras, to catch graffiti vandals in the act. Convicted graffiti vandals can receive over three years in prison, loss of their driver’s license or ability to get a license until they are 18, and can be ordered to pay full restitution to victims. Additionally, courts may impose fines up to $150,000, and a minor vandal’s parents may be held liable up to $10,000.
Top “Tagger” in Phoenix Receives Maximum Prison Sentence
His spray-painted moniker, “MAWD,” defaced at least 300 structures throughout the Phoenix metro area, making William Barajas the city’s #1 graffiti vandal -- and earning him a two-and-a-half year prison sentence, which was imposed today by Judge Sherry K. Stephens.
Graffiti Tagger “Shaggy” Faces Criminal Damage Charges
A Maricopa County Grand Jury has charged Daniel Alexander Lopez with one class 6 felony count of Aggravated Criminal Damage and one class 5 felony count of Criminal Damage for allegedly committing multiple acts of graffiti that defaced property and structures throughout the Phoenix metro area over a three year period.