Other Crimes

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Trespass (39-14-405)

Excerpt: A person commits criminal trespass if the person enters or remains on property, or any portion of property, without the consent of the owner. Consent may be inferred in the case of property that is used for commercial activity available to the general public or in the case of other property when the owner has communicated the owner’s intent that the property be open to the general public.

  • Criminal trespass is a Class C Misdemeanor.

Penalties include:

  • Not greater than thirty (30) days in jail or a fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00), or both, unless otherwise provided by statute.

Littering (39-14-502 to 504)

Excerpt: A person commits littering who:

  1. Knowingly places, drops or throws litter on any public or private property without permission and does not immediately remove it;
  2. Negligently places or throws glass or other dangerous substances on or adjacent to water to which the public has access for swimming or wading, or on or within fifty feet (50 ft.) of a public highway; or
  3. Negligently discharges sewage, minerals, oil products or litter into any public waters or lakes within this state.

Mitigated criminal littering is littering in an amount less than or equal to five pounds (5 lbs.) in weight or seven and one half cubic feet (7.5) cubic feet in volume.

  • Mitigated criminal littering is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00)

Criminal littering is littering in an amount more than five pounds (5 lbs.) in weight or seven and one half (7.5) cubic feet in volume and less than or equal to ten pounds (10 lbs.) in weight or fifteen (15) cubic feet in volume.

  • Criminal littering is a Class B Misdemeanor.

Aggravated criminal littering is littering:

  1. In an amount exceeding ten pounds (10 lbs.) in weight or fifteen (15) cubic feet in volume; or
  2. In any amount for any commercial purpose.
  • Aggravated criminal littering is a Class A Misdemeanor, except:

Upon the third conviction in any amount exceeding ten pounds (10 lbs.) in weight or fifteen (15) cubic feet in volume; or upon the second conviction in any amount exceeding one thousand pounds (1,000 lbs.) in weight or two hundred (200) cubic feet in volume or in any amount for any commercial purpose.

  •  It is a Class E Felony.

Penalties include:

  • Class C Misdemeanor. Not greater than thirty (30) days in jail or a fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00), or both, unless otherwise provided by statute. 
  • Class B Misdemeanor. Not greater than six (6) months in jail or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500), or both, unless otherwise provided by statute.
  • Class A Misdemeanor. Not greater than eleven (11) months twenty-nine (29) days in jail or a fine not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or both, unless otherwise provided by statute.
  • Class E Felony. Not less than one (1) year nor more than six (6) years in prison. In addition, the jury may assess a fine not to exceed three thousand dollars ($3,000), unless otherwise provided by statute.

Cruelty to Animals (39-14-202)

ExcerptA person commits an offense who intentionally or knowingly:

  1. Tortures, maims or grossly overworks an animal;
  2. Fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in the person’s custody;
  3. Abandons unreasonably an animal in the person’s custody;
  4. Transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner; or
  5. Inflicts burns, cuts, lacerations, or other injuries or pain, by any method, including blistering compounds, to the legs or hooves of horses in order to make them sore for any purpose including, but not limited to, competition in horse shows and similar events.
  • Cruelty to animals is a Class A Misdemeanor.
  • A second or subsequent conviction for cruelty to animals is a Class E Felony.

Penalties include:

  • Class A Misdemeanor. Not greater than eleven (11) months twenty-nine (29) days in jail or a fine not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or both, unless otherwise provided by statute.
  • Class E Felony. Not less than one (1) year nor more than six (6) years in prison. In addition, the jury may assess a fine not to exceed three thousand dollars ($3,000), unless otherwise provided by statute.

Perjury (39-16-702)

ExcerptA person commits an offense who, with intent to deceive:

  1. Makes a false statement, under oath;
  2. Makes a statement, under oath, that confirms the truth of a false statement previously made and the statement is required or authorized by law to be made under oath; or
  3. Makes a false statement, not under oath, but on an official document required or authorized by law to be made under oath and stating on its face that a false statement is subject to the penalties of perjury.
  • Perjury is a Class A Misdemeanor.

Penalties include:

  • Class A Misdemeanor. Not greater than eleven (11) months twenty-nine (29) days in jail or a fine not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or both, unless otherwise provided by statute.

Stalking and Harassment (39-17-315)

Excerpt: Harassment means conduct directed toward a victim that includes, but is not limited to, repeated or continuing unconsented contact that would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress, and that actually causes the victim to suffer emotional distress. 

Excerpt: Stalking means a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.

  • Stalking/Harassment is Class A misdemeanor.

Penalties include:

  • Class A misdemeanor. Not greater than eleven (11) months twenty-nine (29) days in jail or a fine not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or both, unless otherwise provided by statute.

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