Title 11
Criminal Offenses

Chapter 44
Trespass and Vandalism

R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-44-26

§ 11-44-26. Willful trespass — Remaining on land after warning — Exemption for tenants holding over.

(a) Every person who willfully trespasses or, having no legitimate purpose for his or her presence, remains upon the land of another or upon the premises or curtilage of the domicile of any person legally entitled to the possession of that domicile, after having been forbidden to do so by the owner of the land or the owner’s duly authorized agent or a person legally entitled to the possession of the premises, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or both.

(b) This section shall not apply to tenants or occupants of residential premises who, having rightfully entered the premises at the commencement of the tenancy or occupancy, remain after that tenancy or occupancy has been or is alleged to have been terminated. The owner or landlord of the premises may recover possession only through appropriate civil proceedings.

(c) Where the provisions of The Domestic Violence Prevention Act, chapter 29 of title 12, are applicable, the penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties as provided in § 12-29-5.

History of Section.
P.L. 1973, ch. 279, § 1; P.L. 1975, ch. 175, § 1; P.L. 1980, ch. 360, § 1; P.L. 1983, ch. 52, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 119, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 539, § 11.