Criminal Trespass is a misdemeanor crime in Nevada that essentially involves being somewhere you’re not supposed to be. A Trespass charge can sometimes arise in a situation where you enter the wrong house by mistake or when you cross through someone else’s property on the way to another location.
Under NRS 207.200, Trespassing is defined as entering someone else’s property without permission, or remaining on their property after being instructed to leave. Trespassing is a misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.00.
How can I be charged with trespass
You can be charged with Trespass if a police officers sees you entering or staying in a location you have notice to not be in, or if they believe you may have committed the offense. Many instances involve a property owner or a neighbor notifying the police of the alleged offense. You may be charged with the offense if you were seen on video entering the property. You may be charged with the offense even if you were originally on the property with permission, but that permission was revoked or has expired. Many cases here in Las Vegas involve casino patrons allegedly refusing the security officers’ orders to exit the premises.
Every case is unique, and in order to get a Trespassing case dismissed, you should hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you in court. The most common defenses to a Trespassing charge is to show that you had effective consent, that notice was not proper, that a defendant actually owned the property that he or she is accused of entering without consent. Alternatively, it may be possible to reach an agreement with the prosecutor to dismiss the charge with a submittal requiring the Defendant pay a relatively small fine and avoids further arrests until the fine is completely paid.