Areas of Practice

We represent clients throughout the state of California and in Federal Districts throughout California and the United States. Our office handles every type of criminal case from misdemeanors to felonies. Although we are experienced trial lawyers, we have the reputation and experience to handle criminal cases at each stage of the process. From investigation to trial, we are ready to do what is necessary to defend your case.



    It is against the law to set fire to or somehow cause the burning of a structure, forest land or other property. Arson may be punished by up to six years in prison and a fine. If a person suffers great bodily harm from an arson, it is a felony punishable by up to nine years.


    The entering of privately owned property, such as a house, vehicle, or shop with the intent to commit theft or another felony is burglary and can carry a six year prison term. The act of entering privately owned property, without committing another felony, is commonly charged as a burglary.


    Trespass is generally considered the unwanted intrusion onto someone else’s property. Under California criminal law, it is illegal to enter someone’s land, building, or home without permission.

    Furthermore, it is illegal to enter any land with intent to injure property, property rights, or with the intent to interfere, obstruct, or injure any lawful business. Even if no harm is actually done to the property by the trespasser, he or she has still broken the law.

    Trespassing is a misdemeanor. Though it may not seem like a serious crime, a trespass conviction will appear on a person’s criminal record.

    Contact our office today, and we will begin negotiating with prosecutors to try to get your trespass charge dismissed or reduced to an infraction that will not appear on your criminal record.


    Under California law, it is against the law to damage, destroy, or otherwise deface any property. This includes damage done by writing with spray paint, felt tip markers, knives, or other instruments that make marks or impressions. If vandalism is directed at race or religion, it may be classified as a hate crime. Vandalism can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the monetary value of the damage.

    Slashing a tire, breaking a window, ripping a bus seat, removing a car’s emblem, toppling a headstone, and carving your initial into a desk can all be considered vandalism; however, vandalism is not limited to property damage and can also include the following crimes:

    • Possession of aerosol paint under the age of 18
    • Possession of vandalism tools
    • Vandalism to a place of worship (i.e., church or synagogue)
    • Vandalism to government property (buildings or vehicles)
    • Vandalism using noxious or caustic chemicals

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Law Offices of Hanlon & Rief
179 11th Street
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA

Tel 415-864-5600
Fax 415-865-0376