A person may be charged with criminal trespass if they enter or stay on a property that they have been asked to leave or not return to. Criminal trespass may also be charged when an individual enters a property that has the proper posting on it, warning individuals to not enter the property.
If you have been charged with criminal trespass or you are being investigated for it, you will need the help of an experienced and qualified Phoenix criminal trespass attorney to help you. While the charge may not seem like a serious one, it can result in time in prison and fines. By fighting the charges, you can secure a much better outcome in your case.
Skillful Representation Against Criminal Trespass Charges
There are three degrees of criminal trespass. First-Degree criminal trespass is the most serious of the three charges. It involves entering a residence or remaining within someone’s residence with the intention of infringing upon their right of privacy. Trespassing on mineral fields and taking minerals and entering a property with the intention of vandalizing it also constitutes First-Degree.
Second-Degree criminal trespass is charged when an individual enters or remains on non-residential property after the owner or another authorized individual has asked them to leave. Third-Degree may be charged if a person violates a posted sign that tells them not to trespass.
Despite what degree of criminal trespass you are charged with, you deserve the best possible criminal defense so that you can have the best shot at a good future.
Using Every Angle in Your Case
Your attorney will use every possible angle in your case to get the best result. For instance, it may be found that the person who told you to leave the property may not have been authorized to do so. Another angle to use is the fact that you may not have known that you were not allowed on the property. “No trespassing” signs are not always posted in places where people can see them well. We will look at every detail in your case in order to create a strategy that works in your favor. The goal is to reduce the charge so that the penalty is reduced or have the charge dismissed or cast reasonable doubt on the case so that you can be acquitted.
If convicted of this crime and the maximum penalties imposed, the time in prison is over 5 years and the fine up to $2,500. Criminal trespassing does tend to be added to other charges, such as burglary.
Contact An Phoenix Criminal Trespass Attorney
If you have been accused of criminal trespass, you do not have to face the charges alone. You also do not have to plead guilty just so you can put the matter behind you. You can fight the charges so your future will be a much better one. To learn more about how Myles A. Schneider & Associates can help you, call 24/7 at 602-926-7373 or fill out the contact form to schedule your free consultation.