For many bored teens and children in Mississippi, going out and vandalizing someone’s property might sound like a good time. Unfortunately, these acts may result in serious legal consequences. If your child is a minor, you may be liable for damages if they vandalize someone else’s property. Although this might seem unfair, the state must ensure that people are compensated for damage done to their houses, cars, or livestock. Since a child typically does not have the financial means to compensate a property owner for these damages, the responsibility falls instead on the parents.
When am I Liable for My Child’s Vandalism?
There are a number of situations in which you may be held liable for your child’s property damage and vandalism. According to Mississippi Code section 93-13-2, parents are held liable when their children “maliciously or willfully” damage another person’s property.