Criminal trespass occurs when a person enters or remains on someone’s property when they know they do not have the owner’s permission to do so.

If the person knows they do not have the property owner’s consent to enter the property and “intends, knows, or is reckless” about whether their presence will cause fear for the safety of another person, then they may be charged with Aggravated Criminal Trespass.

What are the Penalties for Trespassing in Tennessee?

Criminal trespass is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by 30 days in jail and a $50 fine.

Aggravated Criminal Trespass is usually a Class B misdemeanor, unless it was committed in a home, hospital, or on the property of a private or public school, in which case it is a Class A misdemeanor.

  • A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by 180 days in jail
  • A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by 11 months 29 days in jail

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