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Woman’s Social Media Art Actually a Crime in Colorado

Posted by Nikea Bland | Nov 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today's society is dominated by social media interaction. People tend to place their self-worth on the number of “likes,” comments, and accolades they receive online. Unfortunately, this “look at me” attitude creates the perfect environment for committing crimes in Adams, Denver, and El Paso County. When people are doing things for attention, they don't often think of the legal consequences. I came across a perfect example of this phenomenon in the news this past week. Let's take a look at how a young college student's artwork actually resulted in a Criminal Mischief charge.

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Rock Drawings = Criminal Mischief, Not Art

A young woman was traveling in the west, taking photos and sharing them online along her way. There is nothing wrong with this – the problem was that she was using nature as a canvas for her art; she painted “rock drawings” on many National Monuments across Colorado. She then documented all her artwork on her Instagram account, proudly showcasing her work. She got what she wanted; people began noticing her online. But, she didn't get the kind of attention she wanted. People were very upset by the defacement of National Parks. One person commented on a photo of hers asking if the drawing was done with chalk. The woman responded, saying it was acrylic, and that she knew she was a “bad person.” What this woman apparently didn't know, is that painting on public property (whether it is “art” or not) is illegal. She is facing federal charges because the graffiti was painted across the U.S. If it had occurred in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson County, she would be charged with Criminal Mischief.

Criminal Mischief is charged when someone “tags” something with graffiti.

What is Criminal Mischief in Denver and Colorado?

Criminal Mischief – C.R.S. 18-4-501, is charged whenever a person damages the property of another person. The level of severity of the crime depends on the amount of damage to the item. A person will be charged more harshly if they vandalize a building which costs $1,000 to repair as opposed to a mailbox, which only costs $150. If done in revenge against a former lover, it will amount to Domestic Violence – C.R.S. 18-6-801, and result in required DV treatment.

Why You Need a Criminal Lawyer for Criminal Mischief Charges

Judging from her social media accounts, the young woman isn't remorseful for her crime. Instead, she seems to believe her artwork is beautiful and shouldn't be viewed as criminal. Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesn't agree with her. Whether you have been charged for a crime for something you believe in, you made a mistake, or you have been falsely accused, you need the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. This is because you can't advocate on your own behalf – you need a strong, professional attorney to illustrate your point of view to the court. Don't ignore the charges against you. Instead, contact a hardworking lawyer who will fight to get you the best possible outcome in your case.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with Criminal Mischief or another offense, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at303-830-0880. If you or a friend needs a jail visit from an attorney, we can do that. Together, we will protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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