Criminal Trespass is when a person enters a building or breaks into a building knowing that he or she is not authorized to do so. This charge is graded as a felony. Criminal Trespass is less serious than the charge of burglary which requires that the person intended to commit a crime inside the building, but it is still a felony. A felony conviction carries severe consequences including possible incarceration and an impediment to finding a job.
Sometimes the crime of burglary can be reduced to criminal trespass depending on the circumstances. Sometimes the charge of criminal trespass can be further reduced to the crime of theft or receiving stolen property, which can be further downgraded from a felony to a misdemeanor.
A person charged with burglary is sometimes also charged with criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property. It’s important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in order to learn the differences and consequences of these charges.
The best defense to a charge of criminal trespass is that of “alibi.” An alibi is a legal defense where a witness presents testimony or evidence indicating that it’s unlikely the accused could have committed the crime because he/she was somewhere else when the crime was committed.
If you’ve been charged with any of these crimes mentioned above, call or contact us and we’ll be happy to review your case.