Malicious destruction of private property is the malicious or willful injuring or destroying of private property belonging to another. The penalty for the crime depends on the value of the property damage. For instance, malicious destruction of property valued under $25 is punished by a $500 fine. If the property damage is valued more than $25, but less than $250, then the crime is a misdemeanor. The person convicted of the misdemeanor version of this crime may face six months in county jail.

What If the Property Damage Is More Than $250?

Yes. The state has two other criminal charges related to damaging property: gross misdemeanor and felony. They are defined the same way. A person is guilty of the crime when they willfully or maliciously destroy or injury someone’s property. The difference between each crime is the value of the damage caused to the property.

What Is Gross Misdemeanor Malicious Destruction of Property?

Malicious destruction becomes a gross misdemeanor when the malicious or willful injuring or destroying of property results in damage valued at $250 or more, but below $5000. A gross misdemeanor is more serious than a regular misdemeanor because it typically involves a longer jail time.

What Is the Penalty for a Gross Misdemeanor Version of This Crime?

The penalty for a gross misdemeanor of a destruction of property is:

  • One year in county jail
  • $2,000 fine
  • Fine and county jail time

Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me Defend Myself?

Yes. It is vital to have a Nevada criminal attorney representing you if your are facing this type of criminal charge. Contact an attorney immediately.