Malicious Destruction of Property Defense Attorney
Defense Attorneys who are dedicated to the passionate, tireless and fearless defense of those charged with Malicious Destruction of Property in Michigan
Courts and prosecutors in Michigan are notorious for being tough on people who are accused of committing the crime of Malicious Destruction of Property. Our defense attorneys are notorious for being even tougher in the defense of our clients. MDOP can be charged as a felony, misdemeanor or a local ordinance violation. Unfortunately for those charged with this offense, prosecutors often overcharge by exaggerating the value of the damage or by claiming accidental damage was caused intentionally or maliciously. Victims or complainants in these cases often overestimate damages as well or make false claims that additional or extra items were damaged. This is a form of profiteering that results in enhanced penalties, increased charges, and illegitimate restitution claims.
The highly experienced criminal defense attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. zealously defends these cases and know how to uncover exaggerated, false and embellished claims. Whether it is an overzealous prosecutor or a lying complainant, we will fight to discover the truth and ensure that our client is treated fairly. If the allegation is entirely false, we will do everything possible to fight for an acquittal or a dismissal of all charges.
What is Malicious Destruction of Property?
A person who willfully and maliciously destroys or injures the property of another can be charged with a crime known as malicious destruction of property, commonly known as MDOP. The penalties in Michigan can vary depending upon the extent of property damage and may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. The amounts of destruction conducted over a 12 month period may be aggregated to determine the appropriate charge. Any MDOP of police or fire department property, school buses, bridges or water structures (such as a dam or reservoir) is a felony regardless of the amount of the damage or loss.
What is the Possible Penalty for MDOP?
MDOP Crime……………..Maximum Michigan Penalty
- $20,000 or more……………..10 years imprisonment and/or fine $15,000 or 3x value
- $1,000 to $20,000……………..5 years imprisonment and/or fine $10,000 or 3x value
- $200 to $1,000……………..1 year imprisonment and/or fine $2,000 or 3x value
- Under $200……………..93 days and/or fine $500 or 3x value
Different Claims of Damage – The Same Outstanding Defense
An allegation of thousands of dollars in damage will result in a felony charge. These charges often result when a car gets damaged or keyed. Lawn jobs which damage landscaping are also a form of MDOP. The vast majority of MDOP cases involve teens or youthful offenders engaged in breaking windows, damaging motor vehicles, tagging (spray painting/graffiti) or otherwise impulsively damaging someone’s property. The offense of domestic violence or other domestic or spousal disputes may be coupled with a charge of MDOP when anger and tempers flare leading to property damage or one party damages their own property and makes a false allegation.
If a defendant is guilty, can the case still be dismissed?
There are many cases where our client admits he or she caused the damage but do not want the crime on their record. These are usually cases where our client is young, has no prior record, faces loss of employment or may have an immigration or deportation problem. The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are experts at damage control and mitigating potential convictions. There are a multitude of statues and court rules that can be employed to help keep a conviction of a client’s record through dismissal, delayed sentence, under advisement status and much more. When these statutes and programs are pursued by an aggressive, highly effective attorney, extraordinary results can be achieved!
We Can Help You
If you are accused of felony or misdemeanor malicious destruction of property (MDOP) or any other crime in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne County, contact the LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for complete criminal defense representation. Our criminal defense attorneys have experience handling all felony and misdemeanor offenses. Please call us immediately for a free consultation and confidential case evaluation at (248) 263-6800 or fill out a Request for Assistance Form and a seriously effective criminal defense lawyer will promptly contact you.