Trespassing offenses are crimes that prevent a landowner from fully enjoying their property due to unauthorized individuals gaining access to their property.
First degree trespass is governed by N.C.G.S. 14-159.12.
You may be found guilty of first-degree trespass if you enter or remain on the premises or building of another without permission. A defense to this charge is that you had the reasonable belief that you had a legal right to enter the premises or building.
A first-degree trespass charge is a Class 2 Misdemeanor and carries up to 60 days in jail. If you have been charged with this, a criminal defense lawyer can help you mitigate this charge, and sometimes help you avoid jail time completely.
Second degree trespass is governed by N.C.G.S. 14-159.13.
You may be found guilty of second-degree trespass if you enter or remain on the premises of another after having been notified by the owner not to enter or remain or when signs are posted with notice not to enter.
A second-degree trespass charge is a Class 3 Misdemeanor.
Domestic criminal trespass is governed by N.C.G.S. 14-134.3.
You may be found guilty of domestic criminal trespass if you enter or refuse to leave a premises, that you have been forbidden to enter, and occupied by: