Trespassing literally means the action of entering into a private property without permission. Trespassing laws vary from one state to another, and in the state of Mississippi, trespassing is illegal. Offenders will most likely face civil offense charges.
Detailed Law Information
In the State of Mississippi any person who enters the land of somebody without consent or without being accompanied by the landowner, lessee of the land, or representing agent will be guilty of a misdemeanor or more, depending on intent. For example, if the trespasser enters the land to kill livestock, he or she will be prosecuted for criminal trespass.
According to the Mississippi code of 1972, as amended, first time offenders may face fines up to $250. Second time offenders who trespass within five years of the last offense, may face fines up to $500 dollars and imprisonment up to 30 days. Additional and stiffer penalties apply to those who trespass with criminal intent.
Trespassing laws do not apply to the landowner's or lessee's family, guests, or to personnel entering lands for lawful business purposes (for example land surveyors). Cases where trespassing will likely not result in a civil crime include a person who mistakenly trespasses into another property while believing to be on his own property. He is not guilty of trespassing. A person walking in the woods and mistakenly entering private property is another case the law will exclude.
In the State of Mississippi trespassing for the goal of hunting, fishing, and trapping on land without the landowner's consent is considered a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and imprisonment. However, landowners can lease hunting rights which grant hunters access to land for a specified period of time, for a fee or in exchange of services.
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