How much legal force can you bring to bear on them? A fine? Community service? Dare I dream of actual jail time?
Also, how much pain does that wind up being on your end? (Other than the obvious answer: more than it should)
We nag the DA to prosecute, which puts it on their record, then we sue for damages. In other words, "not much".
It's too bad you can't do something both more serious and put up their picture on a wall of shame pour encourager les autres, like stores do with bounced checks. ("Careful--we lost three customers last week. We can't afford to lose you!")
I'd love to hear more details about bringing these goons to some kind of justice. I find vandalism incomprehensible. I don't know how you keep your head from exploding when you deal with this stuff.
Do you mean that you nag the DA to excercise the wobbler thingy? Just curious, because the way I understand the vandalism laws, under certain circumstances, the DA can either file it as a misdemeanor or as a felony.