Criminal Damage in Arizona


According to ARS 13-1602, a person commits criminal damage if they recklessly:

- Deface or damage property belonging to another person;

- Tamper with another person’s property in a way that substantially impairs that property’s function/value;

- Tamper or damage the property of a utility; or

- Draw or inscribe any type of message, slogan, sign or symbol on any public or private building, structure or surface, except the ground, without first obtaining permission from the owner.

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