The Nevada crime of trespass applies to much more than jumping fences with "no trespassing" signs. Under NRS 207.200, trespass comprises either:
- Going onto another's property in order to annoy the owner or occupant or to commit a criminal offense there, or
- Deliberately going on or staying on another's property after having been told by the owner or occupant not to trespass.
In Nevada, trespass situations typically occur in casinos. Security guards who order rowdy patrons to leave may call the police if they refuse to leave or if they come back on the premises. Oftentimes, people receive citations for trespass in lieu of being arrested and booked. These citations will have the date and time the person is summoned to appear at court to answer the charges.
Trespass is only a misdemeanor that potentially carries jail time but typically involves only a fine. However it looks bad on the person's criminal record. And some people who get "trespassed" (banned) from casinos may be prohibited from the premises for life. Read more information on Nevada trespass laws.
(Note that Nevada law permits property owners to inflict deadly force on trespassers who pose an imminent threat. Read our articles about Trespass at Nevada casinos, Card-counters being threatened with trespass at Las Vegas casinos, and Banning at Las Vegas casinos.