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What is the Law on Trespass in Michigan and What are the Punishments for it?

When a person gets in anybody’s land or property without taking the land owner’s consent or permission, the person commits a criminal activity by invading the privacy and accused of a crime of trespass under the law on trespass in Michigan. Additionally, you can be charged with an offense of trespassing considering the civil liability.

Trespass Offenses with Damage and Destruction of the Property According to Trespass Law in Michigan

Most of the criminal activities of trespassing are categorized as misdemeanors, but there are some crimes of trespassing are charged with a felony in Michigan. For an example, when someone gets in his or her neighbor’s land or property without his or her consent and consciously and deliberately damages and demolishes the trees within neighbor’s land or property, the person is accused of a trespass crime and is charged with a felony or a misdemeanor.

Michigan Trespassing Laws

Prohibited Activities for Trespassing of Private Properties Under Trespass Law in Michigan

There are several prohibited activities for trespassing of private properties under the law on trespass in Michigan and some of these activities are stated below.

  • Sometimes, a person gets in someone’s land or property after reporting by the landowner not to enter into his or her land or property, the person is accused of prohibited activities of trespass.
  • When a person starts to remain on anybody’s land or property after being reported by the landowner to evacuate his or her land or property, the person is accused of prohibited activities of trespass.
  • If a person gets in or starts to remain on someone’s posted or fenced land or property without taking the permission of the landowner, he or she is accused of prohibited activities of trespass.
  • Sometimes, a person dumps or keeps any kind of rubbish or filth within anybody’s land or property without taking the permission of the landowner and he or she is accused of prohibited activities of trespass.

Punishment for Trespassing in Michigan

Punishments for Trespassing in Michigan

There are several types of punishments for offenses of trespassing in Michigan and some these punishments of trespass crime under the law on trespass in Michigan are:

  • When a person commits an offense of trespassing in a private property, he or she is charged with a misdemeanor of the prohibited activities in Michigan. He or she receives penalties to stay within state jail not more than 30 days and/or a fine amounting to $250.
  • If a person is accused of trespass crime for damage and destruction of the land or property valued with less than $200, he or she is charged with a misdemeanor. He or she receives penalties to stay within state jail not more than 93 days and/or a fine of at most $500. Otherwise, he or she will have to pay the three-time cost of the damaged or demolished property.
  • In case of cost of the property or land $200 or more amount but, amounting to less than $1,000, the accused person is charged with a misdemeanor and receives penalties to stay within state jail not more than one year and/or a fine at most $2,000 or the convicted person has to pay three times of the cost of the damaged or demolished property.
  • When the person is charged with a felony for the destruction and damage of the property valued at least $1,000 and at most $20,000 by trespassing, the person receives penalties to stay within state jail at most 5 years and/or a fine amounting at most $10,000 or three times of the cost of the damaged or demolished property.
  • In case of cost of the property valued at least $20,000, the person receives penalties to stay within state prison at most 10 years and/or a fine of $15,000 or three times of the cost of the damaged or demolished property.

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