Sometimes I watch encounters where a person tauntingly but clearly telling another person to come here,[here as in his own property], or come here if you are a man, etc etc..

Is it legal to go on to his property as you have his permission?


Yes, although that strictly speaking that would depend on the precise, statutory definition of trespass. For instance, see MCL 750.552(1)(a):

a person shall not do any of the following:

(a) Enter the lands or premises of another without lawful authority after having been forbidden to do so by the owner or occupant or the agent of the owner or occupant.

(emphasis added)

The scenario you describe amounts to granting permission (i.e., lawful authority) to enter the challenging owner's/occupant's premises. Notice that the statute does not outlaw entry into property where invitation thereto is rhetorical or confrontational.

  • I get the rhetorical part, but in what sense is "confrontational", thanks alot btw – Ahmed Taha Feb 10 at 16:09
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    @AhmedTaha I would assume something like "Get over here, so I can properly kick your ass" would be a confrontational invitation. I would decline such invitations. – emory Feb 10 at 17:00
  • Lol, Alright, thanks alot man, appreciate it. – Ahmed Taha Feb 10 at 19:00
  • The kind of statement described in the question sounds like a "dare" or a taunt, or a threat, or a sarcastic statement that means the opposite of its literal meaning, not a grant of permission to enter onto the property or to assault someone once you got there. The OP engages in an insufficiently sophisticated analysis of the actual meaning of the language used when it concludes summarily that these kinds of statements actually grant permission to trespass or enter. An "invitation" to enter conditioned on self-help punishment from the person extending the "invitation" isn't really permission. – ohwilleke Feb 12 at 1:22
  • @ohwilleke A court is supposed to look into the ordinary, plain meaning of words, not to engage in metaphysical speculation of messages arising between the occupant and the interlocutor. An occupant's indication "come here" certainly constitutes permission even if the indication is foreseeably intended to involve or escalate confrontation. If anything, a competent judge/juror would lower its expectations that in a heated setting the pseudo-trespasser will identify such indications as "sarcasm". – Iñaki Viggers Feb 12 at 11:51

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