There are a number of Mississippi property crimes, ranging from trespassing to malicious mischief. Malicious mischief can encompass offenses ranging from vandalism to destruction of property. A person can be charged with trespassing in the state if he or she willfully or maliciously trespasses upon the property of another. Further, trespassing in Mississippi under the enclosed land statute means a person entered another person’s property without his or her consent and after being warned to stay off the property.
Such a warning can come in the form of a personal notice by the person who owns the land or by posting signs on the property which warn others not to trespass. There is a separate Mississippi statute which makes it illegal to remove such a warning sign, or even to deface or alter a trespasser warning sign. A person who originally had consent to enter another’s property, must leave when asked by the owner to do so, or he or she could be charged with trespassing. Basic trespassing charges in Mississippi are charged as misdemeanors, and a conviction for trespassing can bring a sentence of up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.