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Malicious Destruction of Property | CR 6-301

When facing allegations of malicious destruction of property or ("MDP"), the stakes are high. This offense can tarnish your reputation, affect personal relationships, and carry severe legal consequences. At Friz Woods Law, we bring an arsenal of legal acumen and a dedicated approach to defending your rights.

Understanding Malicious Destruction of Property Law in Maryland

According to Maryland Criminal Law, malicious destruction of property occurs when an individual willfully and maliciously destroys, injures, or defaces the real or personal property of another. The severity of penalties is determined based on the value of the property damaged.

Prohibited Actions

Under this statute, engaging in actions that lead to the destruction or defacement of another's property without permission is prohibited.

Penalties Based on Property Damage

  • Damage of at least $1,000: Convicts face a misdemeanor charge, with potential penalties of up to 3 years in prison or a fine of up to $2,500, or both.
  • Damage of less than $1,000: The offense is a misdemeanor with a potential penalty of up to 60 days in prison or a fine of up to $500, or both.

Additional Penalties for Graffiti

Graffiti, which is defined as any permanent drawing, painting, or mark made on another's property without permission, carries additional penalties. Convicts may be ordered to pay restitution or perform community service.

Aggregation of Damages

The court may aggregate the value of damages from separate acts to determine penalties, provided these acts result from a single scheme or continuing course of conduct.

The Importance of a Robust Defense

Facing charges for malicious destruction of property can be overwhelming. However, with a proficient criminal defense attorney by your side, the journey becomes less daunting. Our firm is adept at scrutinizing the evidence, identifying loopholes, and building a robust defense strategy to challenge the allegations against you.

Our Unique Selling Points

  • Personalized Attention: Every case is unique. We delve into the specifics of your case to craft a tailored defense strategy.
  • Extensive Experience: With a wealth of experience in handling property crime cases, our team is well-equipped to navigate the intricate legal landscape.
  • Proven Track Record: Our reviews mirror our commitment to achieving favorable outcomes for our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I am charged with malicious destruction of property?

Engage a seasoned attorney immediately to discuss your legal options and start building your defense.

Can charges for malicious destruction of property be dropped or reduced?

Yes, with a robust defense strategy, it's possible to have the charges dropped or reduced.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I am charged with malicious destruction of property?

Engage a seasoned attorney immediately to discuss your legal options and start building your defense.

Can charges for malicious destruction of property be dropped or reduced?

Yes, with a robust defense strategy, it's possible to have the charges dropped or reduced.

What is the meaning of malicious destruction?

Malicious destruction refers to willful and intentional damage or defacement of another person's property without their consent.

What is the Maryland Code for destruction of property?

The Maryland Code for destruction of property is located under Section 6-301 of the Criminal Law Article.

What are the elements of malicious destruction of property in Maryland?

The elements include:

  1. The defendant damaged, destroyed, or defaced someone else's property,
  2. The defendant acted with the intent to damage, destroy, or deface that property,
  3. (Optional) The defendant acted without legal justification,
  4. (Optional) The defendant caused damage of at least $1,000 to the property.

What is the statute of limitations for malicious destruction of property in Maryland?

The statute of limitations is typically one year from the date the crime was committed. However, it's advisable to consult with a criminal defense attorney to understand the specifics of your case.

Take The Next Step

Being accused of malicious destruction of property is serious. Take action today to safeguard your future. Contact Friz Woods Law for a comprehensive consultation and let's explore the best defense strategies for your case.