Mckinney, TX asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Land Use & Zoning for Texas

Q: Can I walk my dog in a gated community that is at the end of my street if someone gave me the code to get inside?

There is a gated community at the end of my street. One day I went inside as my package was delivered to someone inside the gated community. I found a beautiful trail around lakes with waterfalls, and I began taking my dog in there for walks. I met another dog walker that gave me the code to get in. I was stopped by a resident there who interrogated me about whether or not I lived there. I can only assume he did this because I am a younger mixed male, and it is primarily an older white community. He was extremely aggressive with me and threatened to call the police if he ever sees me again. I told him I just wanted to walk my dog around the lake bc my dog loves the walk. He said I have no idea that you're not a terrorist. He followed me in his vehicle, and said "now I know where you live too, so I better not see you again." There is a sign before entering saying NO TRESSPASSING UNLESS you are an authorized guest. Am I allowed to walk my dog in this community or would I get in trouble?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: That dude sounds like a creep but legally he has a point. Just because a person invites you into their home or onto their property once doesn't mean you forever have a standing invitation to enter whenever you feel the urge.

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