criminal trespassing

Criminal trespassing occurs when a person unlawfully enters a structure or property.  There are a few different crimes that are classified as criminal trespassing, each with their own consequences. It is important to remember that trespassing can be classified as a criminal offense, which can hurt your permanent record. Those who are charged should immediately consult with a New Jersey attorney such as Leon Matchin, as an attorney can help get the charges dismissed or downgraded. Here is some more information about criminal trespassing.

Types of Criminal Trespassing

There are three different types of criminal trespassing. The first is unlicensed entry to a structure. This means that someone has entered a building without permission. The second type of criminal trespassing is unlawfully peering into windows. This is also known as “peeping.” The third type of criminal trespassing is defiant trespassing. This occurs when someone enters a property after they’re told to stay away. The order to stay away could be from the property owner, or it could be as simple as a sign that says, “Private Property – Keep Out.” The first two types of trespassing are fourth-degree crimes, and the last is a petty disorderly person offense. 

Criminal Trespassing Penalties

If a person is entering a structure without permission, the penalties are hefty. If the trespassing occurs inside someone’s home or inside a school, the penalty is six months in jail and a fine of $1,000. Unlawful peering into windows also calls for six months of jail time and a $1,000 fine. Defiant trespassing comes with thirty days in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

Contact A New Jersey Attorney For Criminal Trespassing Charges

If you have been found guilty of criminal trespassing, do not panic. First, call a New Jersey attorney such as Leon Matchin. He will help attempt to get charges dismissed or downgraded. For example, maybe you did not notice the private property sign because it was hidden behind a bush. This could be grounds for downgrading charges. Many young people, such as college students, are shocked to find themselves getting this charge when they were just trying to have fun. Leon Matchin has many years of experience and works closely with his clients to make sure the charges are fair. He is very knowledgeable in the field of criminal trespassing. Call Leon Matchin at (833) 732-7320 or contact him via email at [email protected] for more information about criminal trespassing.