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What is the Law of Trespass in Missouri and What are the Punishments for it?

When the person unlawfully gets in anyone’s land or property in Missouri or remains there without taking consent of the land or property owner, the person is charged with civil liability and trespass crime in Missouri. The owner of the property or land will have to place a notice to prohibit trespassing to his or her land or property. Moreover, the landowners will have to build a fence and post a notice with no trespassing. Otherwise, the landowners can mark their property or land by placing purple paint according to the state law of Missouri.

Essential guideline for placing the trees or post in purple color in Missouri

The owner of the land or property will have to follow essential guidelines for placing trees or post in purple color within his or her land or property and these guidelines are as follows.

• The owners of real property or lessee can make their property noticeable by using purple paint for the prohibition of trespass crime.


• The landowners place to fence or post within their land and paint the post or fence in purple color to prohibit trespassing to their land or property.


• Paint lines on the tree or post should be 8 inches long vertically. Each plant should be noticeable by using purple paint between 3ft to 5ft of the tree or the post.


• The marked post or plant should be instantly noticeable to the person who will try to enter into the marked land or property.


• The marks of the purple paint should be placed within a gap of a maximum 100ft.

Missouri Trespassing Laws
Criminal Activities of Trespassing under the Law on Trespass in Missouri

There are so many criminal activities which are considered as trespass crime under the law on trespass in Missouri.

Some of these criminal activities, which are considered as an offense of first degree, are stated below.

• If a person consciously and deliberately gets in anybody’s property or land illegally and denies for evacuation after being reported, it is considered a trespass crime.


• When a person gets in the land or property which has been already noticeable by using purple paint according to the law in Missouri, he or she is accused of a criminal offense.


• If a person gets in the land or property noticeable with a post to prevent the prohibition of trespassing, it is considered a crime of trespassing.


• When a person gets in the land or property fenced to prevent intruder, the person is accused of an offense of trespassing.

Criminal activity of trespassing considered as an offense of second degree are stated below.

• When a person gets in anybody’s land or property illegally, it is considered an offense of trespassing.


• If the property or land is not noticeable by fencing or marking, the offense of trespassing is considered on the basis of absolute liability.

Trespassing Laws Missouri

Punishments for Trespassing in Missouri

There different types of punishments considering the circumstances of the criminal activities of trespassing within the state of Missouri.

• When a person commits a trespass offense of first degree and is charged with a misdemeanor or Class B, the person receives punishments for staying within state jail at most 6 months and a fine amounting of $500.


• When a person commits a trespass offense of second degree, he or she receives punishment for a fine amounting, not more than $200.


If you commit a trespass offense under the law on trespass in Missouri, you should meet with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to get the right advice for handling your criminal case of trespassing in Missouri.

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