Trespassing PC 602
Trespassing PC 602. The legal definition of trespassing is the entering or remaining on someone else’s property without their permission. However that’s just the bare legal definition. There are some places that are common and some that are just strange. Some examples of these strange examples include taking stone or dirt off someones property. If they are on the beach/shore taking oysters or shellfish off their land. lastly refusing to go through the screening process at the airport or courthouse is also trespassing. So there is definitely more to this crime then just being on someone’s property without permission. In order to be guilty of trespassing, you had to willfully enter a person’s property. You had the intent to interfere with that person’s land. And that you actually did interfere with that person’s land. This could be through damaging the land itself or its business. Occupying someone’s property is also trespassing. Say if you built a cabin to live in for 3 months on someone’s ranch then it is considered a crime. Its a crime if you occupy their land for a long time.
Punishments for Trespassing
Trespass can be considered an infraction, misdemeanor, or a felony depending on the circumstances. Most trespass cases are charged as misdemeanors. That includes probation, up to a year in jail, and up to a $1,000 fine. The most common infraction trespassing crime happens when. 1. You enter someone’s property without permission. 2. If the property was surrounded by fences or has a no trespassing sign (has to be 3 per mile). As an infraction it is a $75 dollar first offense, $250 second offense (on the same land). However a Third offense is a misdemeanor. If you threaten to injure someone and go to their land/property within 30 days with intention to carry out the threat, its an aggravated trespassing. It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. as a misdemeanor you have a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. As a felony you can see up to 3 years in prison.
If you were charged with trespassing, talk to an attorney. You still have options.