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What, Exactly, is Wanton Trespass"

Maryland law states that only wanton trespass, after being warned that you are not welcome, is prohibited. “Wanton” means extremely reckless, or showing complete disregard for the rights of others. Griffin v. State, 225 ME 422. A criminal defense lawyer in Baltimore MD will advise his or her clients that entering property that one has been warned off, or staying there after a warning, subjects you to penalty for trespass. A warning to stay off private land is good for all time, whereas a warning to leave public property is effective for only the occasion in issue. Johnson v. State, 356 MD 498.