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Property is one of your greatest assets and it is important to protect it. Accordingly, state laws permit you to sue anyone who interferes with your right of ownership or possession of real property. If someone is on your land without your consent then your rights to ownership and possession may have been violated by an action called trespass. A trespass occurs when someone is intentionally and wrongfully on your property. The trespasser may have initially entered your property intentionally and wrongfully or the trespasser may have overstayed his permission to be on your property. For example, if you ask an invited guest to leave your home and the guest refuses then the guest is properly considered a trespasser because the guest is both intentionally and wrongfully on your property. A trespasser can be sued in both civil and criminal courts. The state can bring criminal trespass charges and the property owner or occupier can bring a civil suit for damages. Both criminal and civil suits are important because they protect private property and punish trespassers for unlawful activity.