CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - It may soon be a crime in West Virginia to deface private or public property with graffiti.
The Senate is expected to approve a bill on Wednesday that would do just that.
The bill considers marking, scratching, or painting property with a word, figure or design as graffiti. A first offense would be a misdemeanor.
Violators would face up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine if the damage is worth less than $1,000. For damage worth more than $1,000, they would face up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine.
A House version of the bill uses a $1,500 damage threshold and would allow judges to suspend the driver licenses of teen violators.Damaging or defacing property is already a crime in West Virginia.