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Criminal Trespass

Although most Americans pride themselves on being welcoming to guests and friendly to their neighbors, personal space and the protection of property is still an important issue to many property owners. If a person enters another individual's property without permission, he or she may be charged with criminal trespass.

Criminal trespass charges may be filed against individuals who do not have permission to be on another person’s land, such as if they attempt to cross property, camp, hunt, fish, or remove items native to the property. Individuals who are charged with criminal trespass have the right to defend themselves in a court of law. If you have been charged with such a crime, contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.

What is Trespassing?

Trespassing typically includes:

  • Entering private property without prior authorization from the owner
  • Crossing property with posted “Do Not Enter” signs
  • Entering someone's property for the purpose of removing wild game, fruits, vegetation, or other items
  • Crossing or cutting through fencing or other barriers
  • Breaking into another person's home
  • Entering a warehouse or place of business without permission

Trespassing penalties often vary depending on the intent of the individual and the seriousness of the case. Penalties may range from minor fines or court fees to criminal charges and incarceration.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know has been accused of criminal trespass, contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to schedule a free consultation.


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