2010 Maryland Code
TITLE 6 - CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY
Subtitle 4 - Trespass
Section 6-403 - Wanton trespass on private property.
§ 6-403. Wanton trespass on private property.
(a) Prohibited - Entering and crossing property.- A person may not enter or cross over private property or board the boat or other marine vessel of another, after having been notified by the owner or the owner's agent not to do so, unless entering or crossing under a good faith claim of right or ownership.
(b) Prohibited - Remaining on property.- A person may not remain on private property including the boat or other marine vessel of another, after having been notified by the owner or the owner's agent not to do so.
(c) Penalty.- A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to:
(1) for a first violation, imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $500 or both;
(2) for a second violation occurring within 2 years after the first violation, imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both; and
(3) for each subsequent violation occurring within 2 years after the preceding violation, imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or a fine not exceeding $2,500 or both.
(d) Construction of section.- This section prohibits only wanton entry on private property.
(e) Applicability to housing projects.- This section also applies to property that is used as a housing project and operated by a housing authority or State public body, as those terms are defined in Division II of the Housing and Community Development Article, if an authorized agent of the housing authority or State public body gives the required notice specified in subsection (a) or (b) of this section.
[An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 577(a)(2), (b); 2002, ch. 26, § 2; 2006, ch. 64; 2010, chs. 334, 335.]
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