What is Trespassing?
Trespassing is defined as the intentional entering onto the property of another without authority or permission. The property may consist of vacant land, a home or residence, a business, or even public land from which one is banned from entering. One may be banned from entering public land at certain times, such as the posted hours of a public park or all together such as a military base or installation. One may also be banned from a business open to the public or public land such as a beach or park if after having been asked to leave for causing a disturbance returns without authority or permission. If you have been charged with Trespass, it is important to seek legal representation immediately to protect your rights and to minimize the impact that a criminal charge of this nature may have on your life.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island Penalties for Trespass Offenses
A trespassing accusation can escalate from a simple misdemeanor to a felony charge when combined with two or more previous domestic violence convictions.
§ 11-44-26 Willful trespass – Remaining on land after warning – (a) Every person who willfully trespasses or, having no legitimate purpose for his or her presence, remains upon the land of another …, after having been forbidden to do so by the owner of the land… shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or both.
— Rhode Island Criminal Offenses
…punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days or both such fine and imprisonment.
— The Commonwealth of Massachusetts-General Laws
If you have been charged with Trespassing and need representation, contact the RI trespassing defense attorneys at the Law Office of John L. Calcagni III by email or call today at (401) 351-5100 to schedule a free consultation.