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A person who willfully and maliciously destroys or injures the personal property of another person is guilty of this crime. 

Malicious destruction of property can be a misdemeanor or a felony and can be found under MCL 750.377a.

PENALTY
MALICIOUS DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY

a). If any of the following apply, the accused is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $15,000.00 or 3 times the amount of the destruction or injury, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine:

  (i) The amount of the destruction or injury is $20,000.00 or more.

  (ii) The person violates subdivision (b)(i) and has 2 or more prior convictions for committing or attempting to commit an offense under this section. For purposes of this subparagraph, however, a prior conviction does not include a conviction for a violation or attempted violation of subdivision (c)(ii) or (d).

b). If any of the following apply, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00 or 3 times the amount of the destruction or injury, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine:

  (i) The amount of the destruction or injury is $1,000.00 or more but less than $20,000.00.

  (ii) The person violates subdivision (c)(i) and has 1 or more prior convictions for committing or attempting to commit an offense under this section. For purposes of this subparagraph, however, a prior conviction does not include a conviction for a violation or attempted violation of subdivision (c)(ii) or (d).

c). If any of the following apply, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $2,000.00 or 3 times the amount of the destruction or injury, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine:

  (i) The amount of the destruction or injury is $200.00 or more but less than $1,000.00.

  (ii) The person violates subdivision (d) and has 1 or more prior convictions for committing or attempting to commit an offense under this section or a local ordinance substantially corresponding to this section.

d). If the amount of the destruction or injury is less than $200.00, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00 or 3 times the amount of the destruction or injury, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine.

DEFENSE
MALICIOUS DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY

  •  False Identification of a suspect. Individuals can be mistakenly identified, or they can match the description of someone else who was reportedly caught committing a crime.