Slashing tires is considered an act of vandalism and is punishable in all 50 states with jail time and fines. In addition, those people adjudged guilty of slashing someone's tires are generally required to pay restitution to the victim. This amount is usually the cost of new tires to replace those slashed, notes FindLaw.com.
Depending on the state, vandals may be charged with a variety of offenses for slashing someone's tires. These include malicious mischief, malicious trespass and criminal damage, states FindLaw.com. Other than jail time, fines and restitution, some offenders may be placed on probation in lieu of jail time or as a condition of release.