Ohio Agricultural Law Questions & Answers

Q: My friend and I are 14. There is a field behind her house. Is it trespassing if we didn't know someone owned it then?

1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law, Environmental, Juvenile Law and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 10, 2017
Joseph Jaap's answer
Every square inch is owned by somebody. It is trespassing whether you know who owns it or not. Don't go where you don't have permission. It is especially dangerous to go in a field with cows or other animals. And don't go in a field with a single cow. It could be a bull, and they are aggressive and could chase you down and hurt or kill you. You cannot outrun a bull.

Q: If someone damages a farmers pasture is that considered vandalism?

1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 30, 2015
Matthew Williams' answer
Such a person could face charges for vandalism, criminal damage, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, and potentially breaking and entering or even burglary depending upon the exact circumstances, whether any structure was entered, and the amount of damage done or intended.

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