No trespassing signThis is the next post in my series on the handling of Class “A” misdemeanor charges in Peoria, Illinois. My last article discussed handling charges involving criminal damage to property. Whether such an offense is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony will depend on the value of the property involved. Retaining an experienced attorney can help with ensuring that a case is handled correctly. In this article I will discuss dealing with criminal trespass charges. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

Criminally trespassing on another’s property can be a Class “A” misdemeanor

There are multiple ways in which trespassing upon another’s property can be charged as a Class “A” misdemeanor in Illinois. The first occurs when one knowingly enters or operates a vehicle without lawful authority to do so. An example of this could include an individual who opens the door to an unlocked car and goes through the glove box looking for something to steal. They see nothing of value, close the glove box, and leave the car undamaged. Even though they did not take items or damage the car, they would be guilty of criminal trespassing. The second way in which one can face Class “A” charges is if they enter land or a building paid for by state funds after having previously been told not to return, as well as unlawfully entering space used for raising crops or livestock.

Criminal trespass charges are often brought in conjunction with additional counts. Using the example from above, if the individual had actually stolen property from the car then they would also face theft-related charges in addition to the trespass charges. The number and nature of charges brought against a defendant will always depend on the specific aspects of the case. If a defendant is convicted on multiple counts then they run the risk of the charges being run consecutively, meaning that they would have to serve the time for one count before time begins to be credited towards subsequent counts.

Retain a criminal defense lawyer today if you have been charged with criminal trespass

If you have been charged with criminal trespass then you face up to one year in jail if the crime has been brought as a Class “A” misdemeanor. This is in addition to the time you may have to serve for other offenses as well as additional consequences which flow from a conviction. These consequences include having a criminal record, difficulty with passing a background check, potential disqualification from employment, and more. Furthermore, future arrests may result in more severe consequences due to you having a record. Retaining an attorney is the first step towards ensuring that your rights are protected.

If you or a family member have been arrested then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria criminal defense lawyer. I am a former prosecutor who is familiar with the workings of our local court system. I understand that this is a serious time in your life and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you. My office also serves the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.