Is slashing tires a felony?

There’s been a recent uptick in vandalism and damage done to cars in our neighborhood—in particular, a lot of tires have been slashed. I’m just wondering, is slashing tires a felony?

Claire Beaney · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
So sorry to hear about that, it’s not fun having to worry about your car constantly!
To answer your question, slashing tires is considered a felony depending on the value of the damage done. That’s also the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony in most states.
For example, if someone slashed only one tire and the replacement value (to the previous state or to a brand new one) is a few hundred dollars (or less), it is likely considered a misdemeanor. If all four tires are fully destroyed, and the worth of the tires as determined by an expert exceeds $1000+, the charge is likely to be a felony.
The amount of damage required to elevate a misdemeanor to a felony varies by state, so be sure to look up what that amount might be where you live!
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