What Is the Definition of Malicious Damage?

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Malicious damage is an act that intentionally or deliberately causes damage to personal, private or commercial property. Examples of malicious damage include vandalism and graffiti. Although malicious damage is a minor offense, there are severe penalties for acts associated with this offense.

Malicious damage is any damage that is the result of a willful act with the purpose to harm or cause damage. An example of malicious damage is the graffiti in New York City subways or damage to a vehicle when the offender intentionally scratches it with a sharp object. Penalties for this crime depend on the severity of the offense.