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Legal Tips

Criminal Trespass

All land in this country is private property. In a legal context Public Property is: highways, byways, roads, streets, and some parking lots. If you are told to leave a property by the owner or manager of that property, you MUST leave. If the property is posted “No Trespassing,” that means YOU.

Criminal Trespass is a very common charge used by store owners, apartment managers, angry girlfriends, and some angry boyfriends. If you are asked to leave a property, LEAVE. It is far cheaper to just leave a property than to be arrested, sit in jail, pay a bond, and hire an attorney to represent you.

Pedestrian Stops

If you are walking and there is a sidewalk provided, you must walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk provided, then you are allowed to walk on the side of the street. DO NOT walk in the middle of the street.

Officers are allowed to approach anyone and ask for identification. You must provide identification or state your correct name if you do not have identification.

Refuse a search of your person or belongings if you are not being detained or under arrest.

IF YOU DO NOT GIVE THE COPS A LEGAL REASON TO ARREST/DETAIN YOU, THEN THE COPS WILL HAVE NO LEGAL REASON TO SEARCH YOU.