Los Angeles Trespass Lawyer
Trespass Crimes Defense in Los Angeles
Criminal trespass is defined in most states as unwanted intrusion onto
someone else's property. In California, the
criminal trespass law can be found in California Penal Code section 602. Many individuals
accused of trespass are upstanding citizens with either minor or no criminal
record and may have innocently and unknowingly entered onto a property
that was prohibited. If you have been charged with a trespass, contact
a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners
at your earliest opportunity. We are an aggressive and experienced law
firm and will stand by your side, fully examine the evidence against you
and will safeguard your rights during this stressful time.
Trespassing Attorney in Los Angeles
The crime of trespass takes many forms and together with the facts of your
case, the actual type of trespass charge will determine the penalties
you are facing. Trespass crimes are generally charged as
misdemeanors and in certain rare circumstances can rise to the level of
felonies. In some instances, a trespass charge may be reduced to an infraction.
In that event, it will not appear as a criminal conviction on your record.
At our firm, our lawyers have many years of experience in
criminal defense and have represented many clients accused of trespass. Trespassing encompasses
a broad range of conduct including:
- Entering or occupying someone's land, building or home without permission
- Refusing to leave someone's property when told to leave
- Cutting down or taking timber or wood from someone else's land
- Digging up and/or taking away soil from city/county/state land without a license
- Tearing down, damaging, mutilating, defacing or destroying signs or notices
- Taking oysters or other shellfish from someone else's land
injuring farm animals
- Opening, tearing down or damaging someone else's fence or purposely
leaving the gate open
- Entering a building or other structure without permission
- Driving a car on private land
- Refusing/failing to leave a public building after closing when asked by
an employee, or guard
- Skiing on a trail posted as closed
- Not paying for and then refusing to leave a motel or hotel
- Entering an airport area limited to "authorized personnel"
Refusing to submit to
- Refusing to leave a women's shelter after being asked to leave
- Entering or remaining in a neonatal unit, maternity ward or birthing center
located in a hospital or clinic without lawful business there
- Purposely avoiding screening at courthouse or city/county/state building
with controlled access.
Contact a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney
Anyone cited or arrested for trespass in California faces a misdemeanor
charge and if convicted can receive up to 180 days in jail, a $1,000 fine,
probation, community service, CalTrans, stay-away orders and or restitution.
Although criminal trespassing may seem minor, it is not. Even if no jail
time the conviction will permanently remain on your record and can negatively
affect your future in many ways. There is a lot at stake in the defense
of a trespass charge.
We have defended countless people in Los Angeles on trespass charges and
are well acquainted with the criminal justice system and the methods used
by the prosecution to obtain a conviction in trespass cases. We have effective
negotiating skills and we will attempt to get your trespass charge dismissed
or get it reduced to an infraction. If that is not possible, we will work
to keep you out of jail by requesting alternative sentencing. If your
case must go to trial, we will not hesitate to aggressively fight for
a "Not Guilty" verdict.
Please contact a Los Angeles criminal lawyer
today to schedule your free consultation and receive a full legal representation
and strong protection of your rights.