Troy Michigan City Criminal Ordinances – Destruction of Property

The following are misdemeanor destruction of property offenses that are regularly prosecuted by the Troy Michigan city attorney under the Troy Michigan local ordinances.  The numbers listed below are from the Troy Criminal Code at the time of this blog:

98.04.01  Malicious Destruction of Property.  No person shall willfully destroy, remove, damage, or alter in any manner deface any property not his or her own.  A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 93 days or by a fine of not more than $500, or both.

98.04.02  Tamper with Water Meter.  No person shall disturb, tamper with, disconnect or damage any City water meter without proper authority.  A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 93 days or by a fine of not more than $500, or both.

98.04.03  Tamper with Drinking Fountain.  No person shall disconnect or deface any drinking fountain.  Nor shall a person deposit any harmful substance in a drinking fountain or pollute the water in the basin of any fountain.  A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 90 days or by a fine of not more than $500, or both.

98.004.04  Malicious Destruction of Turf and Shrubs.  No person shall maliciously destroy, or injure any tree, shrub, grass, turf, plant, crop, or soil of another person.  A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 93 days or by a fine of not more than $500, or both.

98.04.05  Malicious Interference with Closed Circuit Television Cameras.  Except when permitted by proper authority, no person shall knowingly touch, alter, damage, obstruct, or otherwise interrupt the normal operation of any closed circuit television camera.  This shall include placing any object over the lens or altering the direction of the camera.  A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 90 days or by a fine of not more than $500, or both.

98.04.06  Tamper or Meddle with Motor Vehicle.  Except where authorized by the owner, no person shall:

a) Enter any motor vehicle or open any door, trunk, hood or window of a motor vehicle;

b) Start the motor of any vehicle or shift or change the starting device or gears of any motor vehicle;

c) Release the brake of any motor vehicle.

A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 93 days or by a fine of not more than $500, or both.

According to Troy Criminal Code 98.01.03, in addition to the penalties provided above, the court may impose any sanction or remedial measure provided in state law for misdemeanor offenses.

A person who aids, abets, counsels, commands, or procures the commission of the above offenses shall be punished as if that person were the principal.  A principal is a person who commits any of the above listed offenses.  The word “person” includes any individual, co-partnership, corporation, association, club, joint venture, estate, trust, and any other group or combination acting as a unit, and the individuals constituting such group or unit.

When charged with an offense involving destruction of property in Troy, Michigan it is important to hire an experienced local criminal lawyer to assist you.  An experienced criminal lawyer may be able to help you avoid a criminal conviction and a harsh result, depending upon the circumstances of your case.

 

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