Crimes of property destruction under Missouri law include Property Damage, and Tampering.
1st Degree Property Damage- Laws & Penalties
You may be facing this serious felony charge if you knowingly damage the property of another and the damage is valued at more than $750. You can also be charged with 1st degree property damage if the damage is done, to someone else’s or your own property, in order to defraud and insurer.
Property damage in the 1st degree is a Class D felony which carries a potential penalty of up to 4 years in prison and fines reaching $5,000.
Ref: MO. Rev. Stat. §569.100
2nd Degree Property Damage – Laws & Penalties
Property damage in the 2nd degree applies to Missouri property damage cases where there isn’t enough evidence to charge with 1st degree property damage. This could mean that the value of damage is less than $750.
Second degree property damage is a Class B misdemeanor which carries a potential sentence of up to 6 months in prison and fines of up to $500.
Ref: MO. Rev. Stat. §569.120.1
1st Degree Tampering – Laws & Penalties
There are a few ways you can be charged with this felony offense. If you do any of the following you could be facing charges of tampering in the 1st degree:
1. Damage or tamper with the property of any utility or institution providing health or safety protection to the public, causing a substantial interruption or impairment of service and do so with the purpose of causing such interruption or impairment, or
2. Knowingly receiving, possessing, selling, altering, defacing, destroying, or operation a vehicle belonging to someone else without the consent of the owner.
Tampering in the 1st degree is a Class C felony which carries a potential sentence of up to 7 years in prison and fines reaching $5,000.
Ref: MO. Rev. Stat. §569.080
2nd Degree Tampering – Laws & Penalties
There are several actions that could lead to a 2nd Degree Tampering charge. You could be charged with this offense if you:
1. Tamper with someone else’s property to cause them substantial inconvenience,
2. Unlawfully ride in another’s automobile, airplane, motorcycle, or boat,
3. Temper or make a connection with a public utility, or
4. Tamper with or cause to be tampered with any meter belonging to a electric, gas, steam, or water utility.
Tampering in the 2nd degree is a Class A misdemeanor which carries a maximum potential sentence of up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Ref: MO. Rev. Stat. §569.090