Damaging someone else’s property can result in more than just a fine. Destruction of property can result in a misdemeanor or felony charge in the state of Missouri. If you’ve found yourself in a bad situation with property damage, it’s crucial that you find a felony lawyer you can trust to handle your case.
Property Damage – Felony Statute
Citation: MO Rev Stat § 569.100 (2015)
A person commits the offense of property damage in the first degree if such person:
(1) Knowingly damages property of another to an extent exceeding seven hundred fifty dollars; or
(2) Damages property to an extent exceeding seven hundred fifty dollars for the purpose of defrauding an insurer; or
(3) Knowingly damages a motor vehicle of another and the damage occurs while such person is making entry into the motor vehicle for the purpose of committing the crime of stealing therein or the damage occurs while such person is committing the crime of stealing within the motor vehicle.
- The offense of property damage in the first degree committed under subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection 1 of this section is a class E felony. The offense of property damage in the first degree committed under subdivision (3) of subsection 1 of this section is a class D felony unless committed as a second or subsequent violation of subdivision (3) of subsection 1 of this section in which case it is a class B felony.
Penalty of Conviction
Property damage charges can vary depending on the amount of damage caused and the value of the item destroyed. Those found guilty can face a maximum of $5,000 in fines and up to four years prison time.