Under Montana law, a person commits the offense of criminal trespass, generally, when the person purposely or knowingly and without authority enters another’s property. Criminal trespass can apply to unlawfully entering vehicles, occupied structures (homes), or upon the premises of another (land). Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor under Montana law and each offense is punishable by up to six (6) months in jail and a $500 fine. There are additional consequences for criminal trespass for purposes of hunting, fishing, or trapping on FWP lands—specifically, revoking a person’s privilege to hunt, fish, or trap in this state for up to 24 months.
At Holloway & Hulling, we are experienced at mitigating the penalties on criminal trespass offenses. Past results include dismissals, deferred sentences, and deferred prosecution agreements.