What should I know about trespassing charges?



    Many people in New York State don’t realize that trespassing is a serious offense that can result in serious consequences. If you knowingly enter a location that you are not permitted to be on, you may be charged with a trespassing violation. However, if you are charged with criminal trespassing, there are further repercussions.

    Criminal trespassing in the third degree is a charge administered when the person unlawfully enters a property that is fenced in, used as an elementary school, overnight camp for children, if the person has been asked to leave a public housing property, and many other situations. Second-degree criminal trespassing is charged when the person knowingly and unlawfully remains on the premises. Criminal trespassing in the first degree is a charge administered when there are deadly weapons involved during the trespassing. For example, if a person unlawfully enters a building or premises while possessing an explosive, shotgun, rifle, or another firearm. If that person is aware that another person who is also participating in the crime possesses a firearm or deadly weapon, they will also be charged with criminal trespass in the first degree. A crime of this nature is considered a Class D felony and will result in serious consequences. Class D violent felonies can result in a sentence of anywhere from 2-7 years in jail.

    If you have been charged with a trespassing crime in New York State, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can provide you with assistance.

    If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. and we would be happy to assist you. 

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