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Convictions Regarding Trespassing & Burglary

When a person enters into or onto a property, public or private, without permission or remains on a property when asked to leave, they are considered to be trespassing. First-degree trespassing is defined as when a person enters into an area that is clearly labeled as private, while a second degree is distinguished as when the property is not clearly marked as private. Though jail time is rare for trespassing, a judge can sentence a trespasser anywhere from several days to several months in jail. Fines can range from $25 dollars to several thousand dollars and probation can be assigned and last up to 12 months. Burglary, on the other hand, is defined as entering a property with the intent to commit a crime. Burglaries are usually charged as felonies, though in some states they can be classified as misdemeanors depending on the severity of the crime. Misdemeanor sentences may carry a penalty of up to a year in jail, while felony sentences may range from one year to twenty or more years in prison. Courts may also issue probation or fines instead or in addition to a sentence. At Sanabria & Associates, our attorneys work meticulously to uncover all facts regarding cases to secure the most favorable outcome. We understand the legal process can be stressful. Our lawyers are here to help and are well versed in state and local laws. If you have questions regarding your case or a general legal inquiry, schedule a free consultation below.