Instead, Logan found out Friday from a reporter that the charge had been dropped.
"That's fantastic," he said.
His only inkling was a text his chalk mate had sent: "I have a surprise for you."
The two young men were sitting on a street corner, waiting for friends, when they spotted pieces of white chalk and started drawing the sea creatures in the road.
"The streetlight was on, and it was easier to see there" than in the adjacent parking lot, Logan explained.
"This is the first time I've done anything like that," he said. "It was all a new experience."
His only scrape with the law till then was a parking ticket, he said.
As Officer Bryan Pullar wrote the tickets, another officer drove up and took photos of the chalk figures, Logan said.
With ticket in hand, Logan was free to go. But his friend was taken to the police station because he was a minor, Logan said. He went along and waited for his friend's mother to pick up the 17-year-old.
Police were not trying to send a message by ticketing the teenagers, the chief said at the time. The young men were not connected to vandals who have marked up borough buildings with graffiti, some obscene, "mostly with spray paint, but some with chalk," he said.
The charges attracted heavy media coverage, with the borough bearing the brunt of jokes and criticism.
"I got more than 100 Facebook messages," Logan said. "They expressed public outrage, in general. They told me to fight the system."
When Penecale reviewed the case, he determined "it was not the appropriate charge for the offense."
The law "talks about defacement," he said. "There has to be some sort of discernible damage."
As the chalk figures have long since been washed away by rain, the charges were withdrawn.
Logan originally planned to plead guilty, but he changed his mind after doing some research and deciding he was not guilty of criminal mischief.
Criminal mischief citations are not like traffic tickets, said Janet F. Ginzberg, a lawyer with Community Legal Services in Center City.
"They are summary convictions that will appear, at least on the 18-year-old's criminal record, when anyone, like a prospective employer, checks," she wrote in an e-mail.
Employers are prohibited from considering summary convictions, "but they do so anyway," Ginzburg said.
The conviction can be wiped off the records after five years if there are no other arrests.
Logan said his parents were "bewildered" by the ticket and "and eventually got a laugh out of it." His father, a forensic toxicologist who testifies in trials as an expert witness, "knows about courtrooms" and would have accompanied him to his hearing.
The Central Bucks High School West graduate is still amazed at his 15 minutes of fame.
"I walk into the Wawa, and people say, 'Hey, you're that chalk guy,' " Logan said. "Everyone thought it was a joke, or that it sucked."
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