The law defines trespassing as illegally entering and occupying another person’s private property. This act is considered illegal because the individual entering the property does not have permission to do so. There are several different acts that may qualify as trespassing, and it is important to be aware of each.

Trespassing may carry varying penalties, all of which can be damaging to your reputation and freedom. If you or someone you love was recently charged with trespassing, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 for a free initial consultation.

Types of Trespassing

Wisconsin law broadly defines three main types of trespassing:

  • An individual enters another individual’s private property without the property owner’s expressed or implied consent
  • An individual enters or remains on another individual’s private property after the property’s owner notifies the individual that he or she cannot enter the property
  • An individual enters or remains on private land owned by a governmental agency without the agency’s approval or against the agency’s ban

In each of these cases, the individual entering the private property does not have permission of the property’s owner. Since the property is private, the property owner has right to refuse access to the land to any individual he or she wishes to exclude.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the trespass, an individual may face misdemeanor or felony charges.

Contact Us

The Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. believe that you should have an experienced legal advocate on your side as you fight charges of trespassing. Contact our office today at (414) 271-9595 to learn how we can help you.

Written by Michael Hart & Craig Powell

Last Updated : January 14, 2016