Savannah Criminal Trespassing Lawyer
Criminal trespassing is a crime in Georgia. If you’ve ever seen a “No Trespassing” sign, you understand the concept – it’s when you go somewhere you’re not allowed to. There are a number of ways to be convicted of criminal trespassing, but it is possible to fight these charges with a strong defense.
What is criminal trespassing?
Damaging property or interfering with property without the owner’s consent is considered criminal trespassing. Criminal trespassing also includes entering property like private land or a vehicle with the intent to commit a crime or after being notified that trespassing is forbidden. It can also include not leaving the property after being asked.
What are the punishments for criminal trespassing?
Trespassing is a misdemeanor offense in Georgia. A misdemeanor carries a punishment of up to one year in prison or fines up to $1,000.
How can criminal trespassing charges be defended?
Georgia law requires clear and explicit notice to be given that trespassing is not allowed on a particular property. Your lawyer might argue that the property is not adequately marked as private or that the person giving the notice was not allowed by the owner to do so. If you can prove the owner gave permission to enter the property, your lawyer may use that consent as another defense. It is important to note that minors are not authorized to give consent to enter a property. Proving that any damage done was unintentional is another defense that has worked well in court.
Criminal trespassing can have significant repercussions. If you are accused of criminal trespassing, reach out to The Turner Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case.