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Criminal Trespass

According to Florida law, a person may be charged with criminal trespass if he willfully enters any structure or conveyance and is asked by the owner to depart and refuses to do so. This includes residential and commercial structures as well as vehicles. The charge may also apply if the trespasser is aware that he has no right to enter onto another person’s property and does it anyway. In other words, he does not actually have to be asked to leave by the owner. The owner can simply call the police and inform them that there is a trespasser on his property.

In many instances, the charge of criminal trespass is the result of a misunderstanding. For example, an unwanted customer may be arrested for trespassing if a store owner repeatedly asks him to leave and he refuses. In most cases, the accused is charged with a misdemeanor. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t serious.

The penalties for the crime depend on which type of trespass the defendant is accused of. A conviction for trespass on property, for example, can result in any combination of the following: up to $500 in fines, up to 6 months of probation, up to 60 days in jail. A person can also be charged with criminal trespass in a conveyance, structure, or on school grounds. All of them are punishable with similar combinations of fines, probation, and possible jail time. If you have been charged with criminal trespass, it is important to contact an experienced defense attorney like Evan H. Baron today.
How can he help?

As we mentioned, criminal trespass is often the result of a misunderstanding or of simple miscommunication. If the defendant was not aware that the property was private or if he did not hear the owner ask him to depart, it may be possible to get the charges dismissed.

An experienced criminal defense attorney, Evan H. Baron will do his best to have the charges dismissed. If necessary, he will passionately and aggressively fight the charges in court. To schedule a free initial consultation or to speak to an experienced criminal trespass attorney today, please call (954) 385-9160.