The charge of criminal trespass is taken seriously in Illinois, with punishments that could include fines and even imprisonment. There are many types of criminal trespass which are usually charged as misdemeanors, but the class increases depending on where and how the trespass allegedly took place. Under certain circumstances, criminal trespass will be charged as a felony.
If you have been arrested and charged for criminal trespass, prosecutors will attempt to get the harshest sentence possible, so it’s important to get help from a skilled and experienced defense attorney. The seasoned Illinois criminal defense attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. have extensive experience in defending clients charged with Criminal Trespass, as well as other criminal charges. We know the courts, the judges, and the system and are aware that there are defenses that may lead to a dismissal of your charges or result in a lesser penalty. We take a team-oriented approach to handling criminal cases and are aggressive in the courtroom. We offer a free consultation to examine the issues in your case and determine what we can do to help fight for your rights and freedom.
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The Illinois Criminal Code of 1961, Article 21, deals with criminal trespass and lists areas of trespass. You can be arrested for trespass if you knowingly and without authority or permission from the owner trespass in areas that include:
Criminal Trespass to land is usually considered a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of up to six months and a maximum fine of $1,500. However, it can be a Class A misdemeanor under circumstances such as entering or remaining on agricultural property, fields, barns, and orchards with a motor vehicle.
There are several defenses available against trespass charges. For example, the law does not prohibit a person from entering a building or upon the land of another for emergency purposes, or where the individual is or is reasonably believed to be in imminent danger of serious bodily harm, or when property is or is reasonably believed to be in imminent danger of damage or destruction. Prosecutors must show the defendants had notice that entry is forbidden or that a printed or written notice warning against trespassing was clearly posted. People who are living on land with permission from the owner, people who beautify unoccupied and abandoned residential and industrial properties, and people who enter for emergency purposes will not generally be criminally responsible for trespass.
Since even a misdemeanor conviction can have a devastating effect on your life and livelihood, anyone charged with criminal trespass should get sound advice from a defense attorney who can reduce or eliminate charges and punishments. The experienced and compassionate criminal trespass defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. are skilled trial lawyers who believe each case is unique, with its own set of circumstances. Whether your criminal law case is seemingly straightforward or highly complicated, we can help. We know the judges and the court system and will aggressively explore every avenue for your defense. We examine the facts, the individuals involved, and the evidence available, and work hand in hand with our clients throughout the criminal process. We explain all elements and processes of the case and come up with an effective defense strategy tailored to your specific circumstances. Our goal is always to minimize the negative impact of the situation and to focus on protecting your freedoms, liberties and rights.
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