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Vandalism charges filed against California man

A young man in California was recently arrested and charged with damaging parts of an Islamic Cultural Center and medical office. The alleged acts of vandalism have garnered a felony charge which, if a conviction is obtained, could result in jail time and hefty fines. This individual may benefit from one of many available defense strategies employed on his behalf.

According to police, the 28-year-old male was taken into custody on suspicion of vandalizing the religious center on Christmas. He is accused of breaking windows and bleaching an American flag. In total, it is believed that over $10,000 in damage was done to the facility and a nearby office. The FBI has been asked to determine if hate-crime charges should also be filed against this individual.

The family members of the accused claim mental and behavioral health issues could be behind this alleged incident. The accused was reportedly diagnosed with schizophrenia back in 2009. He was booked into jail a few days after Christmas, and it is unknown if he is still being held or if he is out on bail. At this time, court dates regarding this individual's case have not been reported to the public.

Vandalism charges are not taken lightly in California. Those accused could face a number of consequences, all of which can take quite a toll. The accused in this particular situation may have a number of options available to him to help resolve this situation in a way that keeps his best interests in mind. This could include fighting for a dismissal of charges, actively pursuing plea negotiaions or seeking alternative sentencing -- if a conviction is ultimately secured by prosecuting attorneys.

Source: sfgate.com, "California man suspected of vandalizing Islamic center", Scott Smith, Dec. 27, 2014

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