Trespassing essentially revolves around an individual being on another person’s property without consent and refusing to leave. The law in Texas describes it as “a person commits an offense if the person enters or remains on the property of another without effective consent, and the person: had notice that the entry was forbidden, or. received notice to depart, but failed to do so”.
Trespassing can involve a civil dispute but it is important to note that it is also considered a class B misdemeanor in Texas, and those convicted can face hefty fines and even a jail term.
There are occasions when trespassing can also become a federal offense, as explained below.
On military bases
Generally, military bases are governed by Federal law. In other words, the Federal authorities have exclusive jurisdiction over the property. If an individual enters a base without consent and refuses to leave once notified, they could face Federal trespassing charges.
In protected areas
There are several national parks across the state of Texas. These areas are important to wildlife and conservation and are generally protected under both state and federal law. If an individual has entered the location without permission, for instance, during the time when the park is closed, then federal charges of trespassing may be applicable.
Some areas are owned exclusively by the federal government, while others have shared rights of ownership. As you can see, the law can be quite complex in this area. If you are facing trespassing charges then it is pivotal to seek some legal guidance on the matter.