Accidentally stumbling onto another person’s property is plausible when land or buildings aren’t clearly contained or marked. But trespassing relates to intent: a conscious decision to enter a space without permission. In Indiana, you could be charged with trespassing if you:
- Knowingly enter another party’s property after being denied entry
- Refuse to leave another person’s property after being asked
- Enter a vehicle with a person who is not authorized to take control of it
- Interfere with the possession or use of another person’s property without their consent
Typically classified as a Class B misdemeanor, trespassing could involve a fine up to $2,000 and jail time for 180 days. If caught within 100 feet of agricultural land, trespassing falls to a Class C misdemeanor, along with a $500 fine–or less.
When to seek a trespassing attorney for guidance
Criminal cases are processed via a series of steps that can be challenging to navigate alone. Following an arrest or summons to appear, you will have an initial hearing, resulting in possible bond reviews and no contact hearings. From there, a series of meeting will take place, including:
- Multiple pre-trial conferences/status hearings
- Omnibus dates/pleading deadlines
- Final pre-trial conferences
- Hearings on pre-trial motions and motions to suppress
- Guilty plea/sentences and/or trial dates
We are skilled in these proceedings and can serve as your ally. Banks & Brower has more than 80 years of combined experience in Indiana criminal law, representing all levels of cases and clients. As former prosecutors, we are best positioned to anticipate opposing counsel’s strategy and tactics–and prepare a strong defense. Let Banks & Brower fight on your behalf.
Contact us today for information and counsel.