What Happens When You Trespass?

A person caught trespassing may be arrested and charged, and if found guilty, sentenced to jail or to pay a fine or serve a probation sentence. The kind of punishment administered depends on the degree of trespassing.

First degree trespassing attracts stiffer penalties, with some perpetrators facing a jail term. However, most trespassing cases have less severe punishments.

Fines are the most common penalties for trespassing. The amount to be paid as a fine depends on the severity of the crime and the state laws governing it. A person may also be required to pay court costs as calculated by the court. Probation is also a common consequence for trespassing. In many cases, the probation period does not go beyond one year. During the probation period, a person convicted of trespassing is typically expected to attend regular meetings with a probation officer.

Trespassing occurs when a person accesses a property that he is not allowed to access legally. Entering private property without the consent of the owner is regarded as trespassing. No verbal or written warning is required to notify a trespasser of the illegality of his actions. Trespassing also occurs when a person is ordered to leave private property, but refuses to follow such orders.