What Are Common Criminal Sentences for Graffiti and Tagging?
First time offenders normally must pay restitution, perform community service, and serve probation; but in places like Chicago a single instance can cost over $500 in fines. Philadelphia’s graffiti database sent Daniel Joseph Montano, the King of Graffiti, to 5 years in prison in 2005 after being cited for tagging 200 buildings in the city.
Is Graffiti Ever Legal?
There have been a number of big-city efforts to curb unwanted graffiti by supporting community mural projects. However, these projects involve getting approval from building owners and sometimes community members as well. Mural arts programs target hot spots for tagging with complex commissioned pieces that are also protected by city ordinances and entail fines and penalties for vandalizing them.