Pittsburgh, PA asked in Criminal Law for Ohio

Q: Is it legal in Ohio for a housing complex to Ban you for life from the property due to your past criminal record

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Dimitrios Makridis

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Warren, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: You cannot trespass on property that you knowingly are banned from. This ban must come from a person authorized to ban you, or who you believe was authorized. If you trespass knowing you are banned from property, there a few kinds of criminal trespass you can be charged with, which involve knowingly entering or remaining on property without privilege to do so. Criminal trespass generally ranges from a 4th degree misdemeanor (up to 30 days in jail, and a $250 fine) to a 1st degree misdemeanor (up to 180 days in jail, and a $1000 fine).

Matthew Williams

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Yes.

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