A property damage crime such as the malicious destruction of property is much more serious than you might think. In Maryland, criminal acts which result in property damage are usually a result of either general mischief or a heated argument between multiple parties.
For example, if you and another person were involved in an argument and property damage occurred, you could be accused of malicious destruction of property. At Rhodes Law Firm, LLC, we have the experience and skill required to analyze the circumstances surrounding your particular case, and build a solid defense for you.
In some cases, we can argue that the damage was accidental. If you are being charged with something you did not do, we may need to challenge the prosecution, and if any real evidence hasn’t been submitted to the court, we can work towards getting the charges against you dismissed.
You may be charged with malicious destruction in Maryland if you willfully destroy or deface the property of another individual. The sentence you face depends entirely on the extent of the damage. If the overall value of the property is less the $500, you may be charged with a misdemeanor, a fine of up to $500, and a prison sentence of up to 60 days.
The maximum possible punishment is up to three years in prison with a fine of up to $2,500. Additionally, the court may also ask you to pay restitution; which is the value of the damage caused.
Contact us today at (301) 332-4774 for a consultation. We will investigate the facts surrounding your case, and determine what defense strategy has the greatest potential to end the case in your favor.