When most people think of trespassing, they think of a simple sign telling people to stay out. However, a criminal trespass charge is no trivial matter. If you are facing criminal trespassing charges in Minnesota, you need a qualified defense attorney on your side.
Understanding Criminal Trespassing
Trespassing is the act of unlawfully going on someone’s property. In many instances, a person charged with criminal trespass didn’t mean any harm. For example, you might be lost or looking for directions, and find yourself in a place where you shouldn’t be. Even in these cases, where there is no intent to commit a crime, you can still face serious criminal charges.
Trespassing can be a serious property crime. In most cases, criminal trespassing is charged either as a misdemeanor, or a gross misdemeanor. A misdemeanor trespassing conviction can result in fines up to $1,000, and a jail sentence of up to three months. In the event of a gross misdemeanor conviction, you can be sentenced to a year in jail, and a $3,000 fine.
The type of trespassing charges you face will vary based on several factors, including intent, threat, and damage. Common reasons for trespassing charges include:
- Walking, driving, or being present on private property and refusing to leave;
- Moving signs that indicate a property’s borders;
- Entering someone’s property with the intent to take crops such as fruits or vegetables;
- Entering a mining site or construction zone without receiving permission; or
- Being inappropriately present in a public cemetery.
Trespassing charges aren’t restricted to a defendant being on someone else’s property. Even the presence of your animal on another’s property can lead to a trespass charge. If your dog enters a neighbor’s yard, you could potentially be charged with trespassing. In most cases, this will result in a minor charge, but it can still lead to fines, or even jail time.
Criminal Trespass Lawyer
A charge of criminal trespass is nothing to take lightly. As soon as you are aware of any charges against you, it’s important to contact an experienced trespass defense lawyer. The right attorney will help you get your charges reduced or even dropped. Your lawyer will build your case by gathering evidence and demonstrating the innocence of your actions. Whether you knowingly trespassed, accidentally trespassed, or have been falsely accused of trespassing, an attorney can help you get a better result.
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If have been charged with criminal trespass, then we are here to help. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., we work hard so you get the best possible outcome. We are happy to defend your case anywhere in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area – and beyond. Regardless of your guilt or innocence, we build a strong case for you. Don’t let even the smallest charges affect your life. Call us today at 763-323-6555, or complete our free online consultation form.