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Trespass in Maryland: When Crossing the Line Becomes a Crime

When it comes to understanding trespass laws in Maryland, the boundary between a harmless mistake and a criminal offense can often seem as thin as the property line itself. In this extensive guide, we'll unravel the legal intricacies surrounding trespassing, shed light on the potential penalties, and highlight how our firm, with its dedicated criminal defense attorneys, can be your staunch ally in navigating these choppy legal waters.

Understanding Trespass Laws

In Maryland, trespass laws are delineated under several statutes, each carrying its own set of prerequisites and penalties.

Prohibited Entry and Remaining on Property

  1. Entry Without Permission:

    • According to Maryland law, entering or crossing over private property or boarding a boat or other marine vessel without permission, after being notified by the owner or the owner's agent to stay away, is prohibited.
    • The key element here is the notification by the owner or the owner's agent. This means that for a trespass charge to stick, the owner must have made it clear that the person is not allowed on the property.
  2. Remaining Without Permission:

    • The law also prohibits remaining on private property, including boats or other marine vessels, without permission after being told to leave by the owner or the owner's agent.

Trespass on Posted Property

Maryland law further stipulates that entering or trespassing on property conspicuously posted against trespass by signs or paint marks is prohibited. The signs or paint marks should be placed where they can reasonably be seen, or at each road entrance to the property and adjacent to public roadways, public waterways, and other land adjoining the property.

Penalties for Trespassing

The penalties for trespassing in Maryland can be severe, especially for repeat offenders. Conviction can result in:

  1. First Violation: Imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $500 or both.
  2. Second Violation (within 2 years): Imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.
  3. Subsequent Violations (within 2 years): Imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or a fine not exceeding $2,500 or both.

Why Hiring a Professional is Crucial

Trespass laws in Maryland can be quite complex, and the ramifications of a trespass charge can be far-reaching. This is where our firm steps in. Our Annapolis criminal lawyers are well-versed in Maryland trespass laws and have a proven track record of successfully defending clients facing trespass charges.

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  1. Personalized Attention: At our firm, we believe in a personalized approach to each case. We take the time to understand your situation, explore all available legal avenues, and devise a robust defense strategy tailored to your specific circumstances.
  2. Experienced Legal Team: Our team comprises seasoned attorneys with a wealth of experience in handling trespass and other criminal cases in Maryland.
  3. Transparent Communication: We maintain open and transparent communication with our clients, keeping you informed at every step of the legal process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered trespassing in Maryland?

Trespassing in Maryland involves entering or remaining on private property without permission after being notified by the owner or the owner's agent not to do so.

How do I trespass someone from my property in Maryland?

To legally trespass someone from your property, you or your agent must notify the person not to enter or remain on your property. It's advisable to have a witness present and to document the notification.

Can you go to jail for trespassing in Maryland?

Yes, trespassing can result in imprisonment, with the duration depending on whether it's a first, second, or subsequent violation.

Can you be trespassed from public property in Maryland?

Yes, under certain conditions, individuals can be trespassed from public property, especially if their behavior constitutes a nuisance or threat.

Ready to Stand Up For Your Rights?

Facing a trespass charge in Maryland can be a daunting experience, but you don't have to face it alone. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys are here to provide the legal support and representation you need to challenge trespass charges effectively. Contact us today and let's discuss how we can help protect your rights and fight for a favorable outcome.