Criminal trespass is one of the most common charges filed in the District Courts in Maryland and if facing a court date, you should seek the assistance of a Maryland trespassing lawyer. It is not just a criminal charge used to keep hunters off of farms. Businesses utilize the trespassing laws to keep shoplifters out of their stores after a theft. In addition, trespassing charges have been a tool used by the police to prevent further criminal activity. If you’ve been charged with trespassing in Baltimore area, contact our Baltimore trespassing lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.
Criminal trespass is defined as entering on property that is posted conspicuously against trespass. Criminal trespass is also defined as entering or crossing over private property or board the boat of another after being notified not to enter or cross over that property. You can also be charged and convicted of trespass if you remain on property after being notified to vacate by the owner or an owner’s agent.
Trespassing is defined by the Maryland Criminal Law Articles 6-402 and 6-403.
The penalty for trespass is 90 days in jail and/or a $500.00 fine for a first offense. If you receive a second conviction, the penalty is 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine. For the enhanced penalty to apply you must have been convicted within the past 2 years. For a 3rd of subsequent conviction the maximum penalty is 1 year in jail and/or a $2,500.00 fine. For subsequent conviction penalties, you must have been convicted within the past 2 years.
Criminal trespassing is classified as a misdemeanor in Maryland.
Yes, you can go to jail for trespassing. For a first offense you can go to jail for up to 90 days. For a second conviction you can go to jail for up to 6 months. For a third or subsequent conviction, you can go to jail for 1 year.
The fine for criminal trespass is $500.00 for a first offense. The fine for a second conviction of trespassing is $1000.00. The fine for a 3rd of subsequent conviction of trespassing is $2,500.00.
The consequences for trespassing can be jail, court costs, fines, probation, or community service. In addition to the traditional penalties, the Court may also order a defendant to stay away or not trespass in the future. This can be a condition of probation and if violated, can result in additional jail time and a violation or probation.
Criminal trespass is a serious offense because it carries the possibility of jail time. Typically landowners and businesses use trespass laws to prevent someone from coming back to their property. There are defenses to criminal trespass and hiring a criminal defense lawyer that knows the law can be helpful in your defense. Contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today if you’ve been charged with trespassing at 410.288.2900.