It is a felony offense in the state of Michigan for any person to willfully destroy or damage the personal property of another. The maximum punishment for willful and malicious destruction of personal property is no more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine of no more than $15,000.00 or three times the amount of the property destroyed (whichever is greater), or both. MCL 750.377(a).

In addition, it is also a criminal offense to destroy any of the following:

  • Police property,
  • A dam, reservoir, canal, trench,
  • Bridges,
  • House, barn, or building,
  • Fences or gates,
  • Tress, shrubs, grass, or turf,
  • Signs,
  • Utility properties,
  • Machinery,
  • Grave sites,
  • Personal property legally seized

Destruction of such property is punishable based on the value of the property damaged and whether an offender has previous convictions.

Neil Rockind, P.C. is a criminal defense firm located in Southfield, Michigan and is home to two (2) of Michigan’s most aggressive and respected criminal defense lawyers.  Neil Rockind has obtained acquittals and successfully defended people accused of Malicious and Willful Destruction in many cases.  Neil Rockind began his career in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office as an assistant prosecutor and is nicknamed “The Rockweiler” for his aggressive and successful style.  Rockind has been named a Super Lawyer, Top Criminal Defense Lawyer, Best of Detroit by Hour Magazine, among the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan, among the Top 50 Lawyers in Michigan and among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by a national trial lawyers organization.  Colin Daniels another member of Neil Rockind P.C., has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.  If you or a loved one is charged with the crime of Malicious and Willful Destruction contact 248.208.3800 or email us at to make an appointment and see how much we can help.