To secure a conviction, prosecutors must prove that you willfully damaged or destroyed someone else’s property and that what occurred wasn’t simply an accident. Depending on the nature of your case, the penalties upon conviction will vary. The courts consider several things, including whether or not this was your first offense and what the value of the damaged property is.
Common penalties include:
- Destruction of less than $200 (misdemeanor): Jail time up to 93 days and/or a fine of $500 or 3 times the cost of the damaged property
- Destruction of $200 – $1,000 (misdemeanor): Jail time up to 1 year and/or a fine of $2,000 or 3 times the cost of the damaged property
- Destruction of $1,000 – $20,000 or this is your second offense of MDOP (felony): 5 years of jail time and/or fines of $10,000 or 3 times the cost of the damaged property
- Destruction of more than $20,000 or two prior convictions for MDOP (felony): 10 years of jail time and/or fines of $15,000 or 3 times the value of the damaged property
In addition to the immediate penalties, having a criminal record can have far-reaching consequences on your life. In addition to limiting your employment options, you may also experience difficulty in renting property, securing student loans and grants, as well as voting and owning a firearm.
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