Trespassing is the crime of unlawfully entering another
personís property without permission or authority.
Interfering with an owner or legal tenantís use of their
property, such as enclosing a portion of anotherís land,
also constitutes trespass. Trespass is usually a
criminal misdemeanor, and is also a crime from which a
victim may recover monetary damages.
A person commits the
crime of trespass in the first degree if he knowingly
enters unlawfully or knowingly remains unlawfully in a
building or inhabitable structure or upon real property.
nature of the property determines the seriousness of the
offense. For example, trespassing at a school is a more
serious offense than trespassing in a rural field.
In order to be convicted of criminal trespassing
the prosecution must prove:
unlawful entry onto anotherís land
trespasser knew that they were not permitted on the
Trespassing may seem like a relatively minor criminal
charge, but there can be unfortunate life consequences
for anyone who ends up with a permanent criminal record.
A criminal conviction shows up on a background check,
and can limit your ability to get many different kinds
Consequences of Trespassing Include:
damages paid to the landowner
you are accused of trespassing you should speak to a
lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your
defenses, and the complicated legal system.
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