Malicious destruction refers to willfully and maliciously destroying, injuring, or defacing property belonging to someone else. The charge and potential sentence you face for this Maryland property damage offense depends wholly on the value of the damage committed.

If the damage is greater than $500, you will face misdemeanor charges and be sentenced to up to 3 years in prison and fines of up to $2,500.

If, however, the damage is valued at less than $500, the charge is still a misdemeanor but the potential sentence is up to 60 days and fines reaching $500.

This offense includes the act of graffiti. If convicted of graffiti you will be ordered to pay restitution and also have to complete community service hours.

Ref: Maryland Criminal Code §6-301

Throwing a Missile

It is against the law in Maryland to throw a rock or other “missile” at or into a vehicle that is occupied. Throwing rocks from the street or off a bridge at cars is a somewhat common form of malicious destruction. Committing this misdemeanor offense could land you in jail for one year and with fines of up to $500.

Ref: Maryland Criminal Code §6-302

Maryland Utilities Tampering Charges

Tampering with public utilities, such as electrical, gas, or water is a criminal offense in itself. You could also end up with an addtional theft related charge for stealing these services.

Tampering with Electricity

A serious misdemeanor offense, it is against the law to tamper with the materials, equipment, or facilities of an electric company. It is also illegal to make a connection with a conductor to use electricity, or tamper with a meter used to measure electricity used.

This offense is a misdemeanor that carries a potential sentence of up to 6 months in jail and a fine of $500.

Ref: Maryland Criminal Code §6-303

Tampering with Gas

It is against Maryland law to wrongfully and maliciously damage, connect, disconnect, tap or interfere with material, equipment, or facilities of a gas company.

You may be charged with a criminal offense if you defraud the gas company by bypassing a meter that registers consumption of gas, willfully tamper with or damage a meter designed to read gas usage, or causing a meter to be damaged or altered.

This is a misdemeanor offense and carried a potential sentence of 6 months in jail and $250 in fines.

Ref: Maryland Criminal Code §6-304

Tampering with Water

It is against the law to wrongfully or maliciously connect, disconnect, tap, interfere or tamper with, or make a connection with water equipment that belongs to a utility company. It is also illegal to tamper with a meter used to register consumption of water.

If charged with this offense you face up to 6 months in jail and $500 in fines.

Ref: Maryland Criminal Code §6-305