Types of Trespassing
At one time, areas of land were considered communal property or simply not owned by anyone. Now, it seems like everything is the property of a specific individual or business. When you cross onto someone else’s property without permission, you can be charged with the crime of civil or criminal trespassing.
Although trespassing is usually a relatively minor crime, it can become serious when paired with other infractions. If you have been charged with trespassing, you should fight to protect your rights. Contact an experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at 214-845-7007 to discuss your legal options.
Even if you do not harm another person’s property nor intend to harm the property, you can still be charged with civil trespass if you simply set foot on the premises without permission. You may be held liable for any damages that occur, such as stepping on flowers in someone’s garden. Normally, civil trespass is a minor crime punishable by a nominal fine.
The definition of criminal trespassing varies from state to state. Generally, though, someone can commit this crime if they enter a property without permission or remain on the property without consent from the owner. Criminal trespass often involves violence to people on the property or the property itself. In some states, it counts as criminal trespassing if someone ignores warning signs, locks, fences, and other barriers to unwanted entry.
Sometimes, you can be mistakenly charged with trespassing even if you had permission to enter the premises. If someone has accused you of this crime, you should enlist the help of a knowledgeable defense lawyer. To learn more about your legal options, contact a Dallas criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 today.