Is Egging A House Illegal? Don’t Make These Risky Mistakes

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Is egging a house illegal?

In this article, you’ll learn about:

  • the criminal charges for egging houses
  • the consequences of egging houses
  • if egging a house is an act of vandalism
  • and much more

Let’s dig in.

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Is Egging A House Illegal?

Yes, egging a house is illegal and is an act of vandalism.

Vandalism is the willful destruction or damaging of property.

In a manner that defaces, mars, or adds physical blemishes.

And that potentially diminishes the property’s value.

Even if you’re egging a house as a prank, it’s still vandalism.

Why Egging A House Is Considered Vandalism

For egging a house to get considered vandalism, the prosecutor must prove:

  • there was property damage
  • it’s someone else’s personal property
  • you intentionally egged the house

Egging someone’s house is illegal vandalism, similar to:

  • spray painting houses or cars
  • toilet papering a house
  • keying a car
  • defacing public property

Anyone can press charges against you if you throw eggs at their property.

Property Damages

Egging someone’s house is illegal because it damages property.

And because it’s vandalism, these are criminal damages.

Some ways that eggs can damage property are:

  • cracking or breaking windows
  • raw egg whites corroding or degrading paint
  • remove paint during cleaning dried eggs
  • dent siding on a house
  • create scratches from cleaning egg from siding
  • egg shells scratching paint

Other property damages include mailboxes and cars.

These are separate vandalism charges.

You can get charged for vandalism for each piece of property.

Someone Else’s Personal Property

Egging someone’s house is illegal if:

  • someone else owns the property
  • it’s not your personal property
  • you damage their property against their wishes

Intentionally Egged The House

When you intentionally egg someone’s house, it’s criminal mischief.

Criminal mischief is when you purposely damage personal property.

Criminal mischief is a misdemeanor charge.

No matter what happens, egging someone’s house is intentional.

You cannot accidentally commit vandalism.

Criminal Charges For Egging A House

Will you get felony charges for egging someone’s house?

Vandalism is not a serious property crime.

And it usually does not land you with felony charges.

Felony Charges

It’s only a serious crime if the property damages are worth a lot of money.

Let’s say that there are property damages exceeding $1,000.

In this case, this property crime is a felony in the third degree.

You’ll need a criminal defense attorney if you get felony charges.

(And note that $1,000 is for most states.

You need to reach out to a criminal defense attorney for legal advice.

Fill out the form on this page for a free consultation with our law firm.)

Misdemeanor Charges

But normal vandalism, like egging a house, is a misdemeanor.

Egging a house gets considered as misdemeanor vandalism.

Misdemeanor vandalism is a property crime that gets you:

  • up to one year in jail
  • up to $1,000 in fines
  • community service
  • a misdemeanor on your criminal record

Trespassing Charges

But wait, there’s more.

Let’s say that the owner decides to press charges.

They can charge you with trespassing onto their property.

Trespassing charges get you:

  • up to one year in jail
  • up to $1,000 in fines
  • community service
  • a misdemeanor on your criminal record

When this happens, you get misdemeanor charges for:

  • trespassing
  • vandalism

You will get “tried” for both of these crimes separately.

Meaning, you get:

  • up to two years in jail (one year each)
  • up to $2,000 in fines ($1,000 each)

Related Questions

These are questions we get related to whether egging a house is illegal.

What Can The Police Do If Someone Eggs Your Car?

If someone eggs your car, the police can:

  • file a police report
  • apprehend the person who egged your car

You’ll need to provide proof of who the suspect is.

The police cannot do anything about someone egging your car if you don’t have proof like:

  • a video recording
  • plate numbers
  • a vehicle description
  • name of the person

You’ll still need to call the police even if you don’t have this information.

You’ll need a police report for an insurance claim for the damages.

Is It Illegal To Egg A Car?

It is illegal to egg a car.

Egging a car is causing property damage, which is vandalism.

Egging a car can get you up to:

  • one year in jail
  • $1,000 in fines
  • dozens of hours of community service

Is Egging A Car A Crime?

Egging a car is a misdemeanor criminal charge.

If you egg a car, you’ll get up to:

  • one year in jail
  • $1,000 in fines

What To Do If Someone Eggs Your House?

If someone eggs your house, call law enforcement immediately.

Someone egging your house is considered vandalism.

Also, rinse off as much of the egg and egg shells as possible.

Dried eggs can damage the exterior of your home.

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Our law firm can give you legal advice. 

Or represent you whether you’re:

  • pressing charges against someone for egging your house
  • defending yourself against charges

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