In the state of Texas, it is considered illegal to enter or remain on property or land without consent. If you have been arrested for criminal trespass, you will need to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Fort Worth as soon as possible. At the very least, you could be facing extensive fines, potential jail time, and a permanent criminal record. Do not risk these life-changing consequences—contact my firm today!
As defined in Section 30.05 of the Texas Penal Code, criminal trespass is the act of entering onto someone else's land unlawfully or without consent. What's more, it is illegal to enter and stay on someone else's property if you have been given notice that entry into the property was forbidden or if you received notice that you should leave the premises and then subsequently failed to comply with the property owner's notice.
Criminal trespass can take place on:
As described in Texas Penal Code § 30.05, criminal trespass is a Class B misdemeanor. However, you could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor if the offense is committed on agricultural land within 100 feet of the land's boundary or on residential land within 100 feet of a protected freshwater area. The offense becomes a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed in a habitation or shelter center, Superfund site or critical infrastructure facility, or if the offender was carrying a deadly weapon.
The penalties for a Class C misdemeanor include:
The penalties for a Class B misdemeanor include:
The penalties for a Class A misdemeanor include:
Under law, you may be exempt from punishment if it can be established that you were a firefighter or emergency medical services personnel participating in official duties; an employee or agent of an electric utility, telecommunications provider, gas utility, or municipally owned utility who was acting within the scope of your employment; or someone who was employed by an entity that had consent to enter the property.
If you have been charged with criminal trespass or any other type of related theft crime, you must speak with a Fort Worth criminal defense attorney immediately. With more than 10 years of legal experience, I have the solid case results and the growing list of satisfied clients to prove that I have what it takes to protect your rights.
At the Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi, I pride myself on going above and beyond the call of duty for my clients. Defending your case as if it were my own, I can provide you with attentive, one-on-one legal counsel. I will listen to your concerns and needs and carefully tailor my approach to bring you a sense of ease during this difficult time.
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