Trespass Charges and Criminal Defense
Most states have strict laws to protect the rights of property owners against burglary and unlawful trespass. Persons who enter another person’s private property without the consent of the owner may face criminal charges, especially if they have been given verbal, written, or posted warnings not to enter or remain on the premises.
Fortunately, people who have been charged with criminal trespass may be able to justify their actions in court or may be able to prove that they had lawful reason to be on the property. By consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney, you can discuss your legal options and formulate a defense. For more information on trespassing charges, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595.
Defending Trespass Charges
Persons who have been charged with criminal trespass may be able to show proof that:
- They had reason to be on the property by way of invitation or special event
- The property was open to the public for a specific reason (party, get-together, garage sale, etc)
- The individual was unaware of his or her violation and left the property immediately when notified of the action
If the defendant can show that he or she did not obstruct the property owner from adequate use of his or her land and immediately left upon notification of his or her trespass, the person may be able to avoid serious legal consequences for his or her actions.
If you or someone you love has been charged with criminal trespass on private property, contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 to discuss your case.