Unauthorized Entering Can Result in Trespass Charges
According to Louisiana law, it is illegal to enter any structure, watercraft or property owned by another person without authorization. Penalties for criminal trespass vary depending on whether the offense is a first offense or whether you have a prior history of this type of criminal behavior. However, even for a first offense, it is possible to be sentenced to up to 30 days of incarceration.
A conviction for criminal trespass can result in fines and a criminal record, in addition to possible jail time. It is essential to consult with an experienced New Orleans criminal defense law firm if you have been charged with criminal trespass. Bloom Legal has successfully represented many clients facing criminal charges for trespassing and we can put our legal knowledge and experience to work for you.
Criminal Trespass Charges in New Orleans
The penalties for criminal trespass in New Orleans are as follows:
- If you are convicted of a first offense of criminal trespass, you could be fined between $100 and $500 dollars in addition to serving up to a month of jail time.
- For a second offense, the fine jumps to between $500 and $750 dollars and the maximum incarceration period is 90 days.
- For third and subsequent offenses, you face a fine between $500 and $1,000 dollars and between 60 days and six months of incarceration.
Often, people are charged with criminal trespass because of a misunderstanding or they face this charge along with accusations of other crimes such as disorderly conduct or public intoxication. It is important that you understand your rights, as well as the potential consequences, of a conviction for criminal trespass.
Bloom Legal has extensive experience helping clients by negotiating a plea bargain, lessening charges and defending against accusations of criminal trespass. Whether you live in New Orleans or were visiting the area when you were accused of trespassing, we try to resolve your criminal case as quickly as possible with minimal stress for you and minimal time spent dealing with courts and lawyers. The ultimate goal is to achieve the best possible outcome, but we also strive to make the process of dealing with the criminal justice system as easy as possible.
Getting Help from a New Orleans Criminal Defense Law Firm
Being accused of criminal trespass does not guarantee you will be convicted of this crime. The prosecutor has the burden of proving that you unlawfully entered someone else’s property without express or implied authorization. You can raise defenses such as arguing you had permission to enter the property, or you can avoid conviction by showing that the prosecutor has not proved your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. You may also be able to plea bargain down to lesser charges or reduce your penalties if you do not want a trial.
Our New Orleans criminal defense law firm will help you choose the best approach to defending against criminal trespass charges. Call 504-599-9997 today to speak with a member of our legal team. Bloom Legal can represent you and protect your rights after your arrest.
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