Under Nevada law, specifically NRS 207.200, it is a crime to trespass upon another person’s land. Trespass is a common crime and codified in all states. This Nevada trespass statute however is geared largely towards trespassing upon land used for agriculture or ranching, though it does extend to all types of land as well.
In Nevada it is a crime to trespass to go upon the land of another person with the intent to:
There are several key provisions of this statute. First, if the land is fenced in, that is considered warning enough and anyone found on the land without having any business with the owner is considered a prima facie trespasser, meaning that the person is trespassing simply by being on the land. It is much easier to bring a prima facie case than a traditional case where the fact that the person is a trespasser must be proven by the state of Nevada. Secondly, if the land is used for agricultural or ranching purposes and is not fenced in, the land owner is required to paint bright orange markings throughout their land to warn individuals not to trespass on the land. Alternatively, the landowners can give a verbal warning to any trespassers at which point the trespasser must immediately leave the land.
If you or a loved one have been charged with this crime in Nevada it is important to remember that the burden is proof is upon the State of Nevada to show beyond a reasonable doubt that you have committed the crime. Most crimes have defenses that can be raised to refute the state’s argument. An experienced attorney may raise the following defenses against a charge or unlawful trespass upon land:
The crime of unlawful trespass upon land is a misdemeanor crime. As such, if convicted, a person can face:
If you or a loved one have been charged with allegedly trespassing upon another person’s land, contact one of the skilled and experienced attorneys with LV Criminal Defense today. Our attorneys are experienced is land matters and criminal matters and will provide the most zealous legal defense possible, including potentially getting the charges reduced or dismissed. If the case does go to trial, our attorneys can provide a capable defense.