2005 Maine Code - §402 — Criminal trespass


      1. A person is guilty of criminal trespass if, knowing that that person is not licensed or privileged to do so, that person:
   
A. Enters any dwelling place. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime; [2001, c. 383, §56 (amd); §156 (aff).]    
B. Enters any structure that is locked or barred. Violation of this paragraph is a Class E crime; [2001, c. 383, §56 (amd); §156 (aff).]    
C. Enters any place from which that person may lawfully be excluded and that is posted in accordance with subsection 4 or in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders or that is fenced or otherwise enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders. Violation of this paragraph is a Class E crime; [2001, c. 383, §56 (amd); §156 (aff).]    
D. Remains in any place in defiance of a lawful order to leave that was personally communicated to that person by the owner or another authorized person. Violation of this paragraph is a Class E crime; [2001, c. 383, §56 (amd); §156 (aff).]    
E. Enters any place in defiance of a lawful order not to enter that was personally communicated to that person by the owner or another authorized person. Violation of this paragraph is a Class E crime; or [2001, c. 383, §56 (amd); §156 (aff).]    
F. Enters or remains in a cemetery or burial ground at any time between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise the following day, unless that person enters or remains during hours in which visitors are permitted to enter or remain by municipal ordinance or, in the case of a privately owned and operated cemetery, by posting. Violation of this paragraph is a Class E crime. [2001, c. 383, §56 (amd); §156 (aff).] [2001, c. 383, §56 (amd); §156 (aff).]
      2.[2001, c. 383, §57 (rp); §156 (aff).]
      3.[1979, c. 701, §23 (rp).]
      4. For the purposes of subsection 1, paragraph C, property is posted if it is marked with signs or paint in compliance with this subsection. Proof that any posted sign or paint marking is actually seen by an intruder gives rise to a permissible inference under the Maine Rules of Evidence, Rule 303 that such posted sign or paint marking is posted in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders.
   
A. Signs must indicate that access is prohibited, that access is prohibited without permission of the landowner or the landowner's agent, or that access for a particular purpose is prohibited. [1995, c. 529, §2 (new).]    
B. Paint markings mean that access is prohibited without permission of the landowner or the landowner's agent. Paint markings must consist of 2 painted horizontal lines per tree, post or other object.   
(1) Each line must be a minimum of 2 inches high and at least as long as the width of the object, but need not be more than 8 inches long.  
(2) Lines must be painted on the side of the tree, post or other object that is visible to a person approaching the restricted property and must be painted within an area 3 feet to 6 feet above ground level.  
(3) The paint must be silver or aluminum colored. [1995, c. 529, §2 (new).]    
C. Signs or paint must mark the property at intervals no greater than 100 feet and at all vehicular access entries from a public road. [1995, c. 529, §2 (new).]    
D. Signs or paint markings are required only on the portion of the property where access is prohibited or limited. Signs or paint posted in accordance with this section have no effect on boundaries of property and do not constitute claims of possession or adverse use in accordance with state law. [1995, c. 529, §2 (new).]    
D-1. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a landowner who posts that landowner's land by paint markings and who intends to prohibit access without permission of the landowner or the landowner's agent or intends to prohibit access for a particular purpose may do this by posting in a prominent place one or more qualifying signs that by words or symbols set forth the nature of the prohibition. The landowner need not post the qualifying signs at 100-foot intervals. [1999, c. 115, §1 (new).]    
E. A person commits criminal mischief and is subject to prosecution under section 806 if that person, without permission of the owner or owner's agent:   
(1) Knowingly posts the property of another with a sign or paint mark indicating that access is prohibited, that access is prohibited without permission or that access for a particular purpose is prohibited; or  
(2) Removes, mutilates, defaces or destroys a sign or paint mark placed for purposes of this section. [1995, c. 529, §2 (new).]

Nothing in this subsection limits any manner of posting reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders.
[2001, c. 383, §58 (amd); §156 (aff).]

Section History:

PL 1975,  Ch. 499,   §1 (NEW).
PL 1977,  Ch. 128,   § (AMD).
PL 1977,  Ch. 510,   §53 (AMD).
PL 1979,  Ch. 701,   §23 (RPR).
PL 1981,  Ch. 317,   §11 (AMD).
PL 1989,  Ch. 793,   § (AMD).
PL 1995,  Ch. 529,   §1,2 (AMD).
PL 1999,  Ch. 115,   §1 (AMD).
PL 2001,  Ch. 383,   §156 (AFF).
PL 2001,  Ch. 383,   §56-58 (AMD).

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