What is MDOP aka Malicious Destruction of Property in Michigan?

What is MDOP also known as Malicious Destruction of Property in Michigan?

MDOP or Malicious Destruction of Property in Michigan is a law that makes it a crime to damage or destroy other people’s property.  In Michigan, there are several variations of this crime like Malicious Destruction of a Building or Malicious Destruction of Police Property.  All of these crimes relate to damaging or destroying other people’s things.  Penalties vary from law to law depending on the damage or destruction value.

MCL 750.377a is the actual law that makes it a crime to damage or destroy someone else’s property.  The law calls damage injury, but this does not include personal injuries to a person.  This law is about personal property.  There are four levels to this crime, which have different potential outcomes.

Property damage more than $20,000

A person who damages or destroys property worth more than $20,000, will be charged with a felony punishable up to 10 years in prison; a fine of not more than $15,000 or three times the value of the property, whichever is more; or a combination of imprisonment and a fine.  This is the most serious of MDOP crimes in Michigan.

Property damage at least $1,000, but less than $20,000

A person who damages or destroys property that is worth at least $1,000, but less than $20,000, will be charged with a felony punishable up to five years in prison, a fine of not more than $10,000 or three times the value of the property whichever is more; or a combination of imprisonment and a fine.  This is the second most serious of MDOP crimes in Michigan.  This is also the most common MDOP charge because it is very easy to destroy $1,000 worth of property.  An example would be to break someone’s laptop computer or high-end smart phone.  Even damaging a person’s car could lead to this charge because car repairs can be expensive.

Property damage at least $200, but less than $1,000

A person who damages or destroys property that is worth at least $200, but less than $1,000, will be charged with a misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail, a fine of not more than $2,000 or three times the value of the property whichever is more; or a combination of jail and a fine.  This is the most serious misdemeanor crime of MDOP crimes in Michigan.  This charge is also very common with regards to MDOP because many things are worth $200, but less than $1,000.

Property damage less than $200

A person who damages or destroys property that is worth at less than $200, will be charged with a misdemeanor punishable up to 93 days in jail, a fine of not more than $500 or three times the value of the property whichever is more; or a combination of jail and a fine.

In Michigan, if you destroy or damage another person’s property, the repercussions can be very serious.  It is not uncommon for someone to be charged with a felony for this crime.  What you get charged with will depend on the prosecuting attorney and the amount of damage.  If you are charged with Malicious Destruction of Property in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, or Lenawee Counties, then call my office for a free consultation.  I will help you understand your options and provide you with an aggressive defense.