Vandalism is charged as the crime of malicious destruction of property.


To be convicted, the state must prove a defendant damaged, destroyed, or defaced someone else's property; and that the defendant intended to do so without legal justification. 


Property Crimes: Vandalism

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A person convicted of malicious destruction of property where the damage is at least $500 is subject to imprisonment not exceeding three years and/or a fine up to $2,500.


Malicious destruction of property damaged less than $500 subjects a person to imprisonment up to 60 days and/or a fine up to $500. Malicious destruction of property is a misdemeanor. 


Where an act of graffiti occurs, the court shall order a person convicted of malicious destruction of property by an act of graffiti to pay restitution and/or perform community service, in addition to the above penalties. Criminal defense attorney, Maria Patterson, has litigated numerous property loss claims.


If you have been charged with malicious destruction of property or vandalism, please call criminal lawyer, Maria Patterson, at 301-383-1525 to schedule a consultation at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott's Prince George's County office in Bowie, Maryland. Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott is conveniently located on Melford Boulevard, which is an exit off of the intersection of Route 50 and Route 301. Criminal defense lawyer, Maria Patterson, defends malicious destruction of property charges in Prince George's, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Calvert, and Charles Counties.

17251 Melford Boulevard, Suite 101

Bowie, MD 20715 US

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