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What is Malicious Destruction of Property?
Malicious destruction of property (§6-301) forbids a person from willfully and maliciously destroying, injuring or defacing the real or personal property of another. Malicious destruction of property, by act of throwing an object at a vehicle, is a separate offense (§6-302). This section of the law forbids the willful throwing, shooting or propelling of a rock, brick, piece of iron, steel, or other similar metal, or a dangerous missile at or into a vehicle or other means of transportation that is occupied by an individual.
Penalties for Malicious Destruction of Property
If you are convicted of malicious destruction of property, the penalty depends on how much damage was caused.
- For crimes of property damage of at least $1,000, a person who is convicted is guilty of a misdemeanor. The penalty is imprisonment of not more than three years and/or a fine not to exceed $2,500.
- For crimes of property damage of less than $1,000, a person who is convicted can face imprisonment not exceeding sixty days and/or a fine not exceeding $500.
If you are convicted of malicious destruction of property, by throwing an object at a vehicle, the penalty, if convicted, is imprisonment not exceeding one year and/or a fine not exceeding $500.
Under Maryland law, if a person is convicted for malicious destruction of property by an act of graffiti, the person must also pay restitution and/or perform community service.
Associated Crimes with Malicious Destruction of Property
Under Maryland Code public utility interference is grouped with malicious destruction of property. This can include either electrical, gas or water equipment. The law forbids a person from willfully tampering or interfering with the material, equipment or facilities of either the electrical, gas, or water companies. Whether it involves electrical, gas or water company equipment, if convicted, you could be facing up to six months in jail.
Malicious destruction of property is codified under Title 6, Crimes Against Property with crimes such as arson and burglary. Under §6-104 Malicious Burning of Property in the First Degree prohibits a person from willfully and maliciously setting fire or burning personal property of another. Under §6-207 Burglary with a Destructive Device prohibits a person from opening or attempting to open a vault, safe, or other secure repository by the use of a destructive device, while committing burglary in the first, second, or third degree.
If you have been charged with any of these crimes that fall under Crimes Against Property, then you need a lawyer. Call an experienced Baltimore criminal lawyer to consult about your case.
A Possible Defense to Malicious Destruction of Property
In order for the State to be successful in prosecuting a person for malicious destruction of property the State must prove that it was in a willful and malicious manner. This means that a possible defense is that the damage to the property was merely an accident and not willful. Negligence does not equate to willful destruction of property.
Our Baltimore Malicious Destruction of Property Lawyers Can Help
If you or someone you know has been charged with malicious destruction of property, you need to call a Baltimore defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice we offer free consultations to discuss your case and possible options that you have. Call (410) 694-7291 today.