In Juvenile Vandalism Case Involving Graffiti, May Restitution Include Investigation Costs?

It is quite common, in our experience to see restitution estimates that deserve a close, second look.  This is particularly true in vandalism cases involving graffiti, when a city is a “victim.”  We have seen a $650 estimate to cover over a very small painted word and realized $620 of the estimate is for city anti-graffiti programs.  The following case exemplifies the personal experiences we have had and is a good reminder to question everything.

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