Trespassing Laws in St. Augustine
St. Augustine Criminal Defense Attorney
Trespassing is the willful entry into another's property or remaining
on property without permission from the owner. Many individual find themselves
accused of trespassing when they simply were unaware they were on private
property or assumed they were allowed to be a certain place. If you or
someone you know has been arrested for trespassing, call a St. Augustine
criminal defense lawyer from Albaugh Law Firm right away.
What is considered trespassing?
If you are unsure or unaware of trespassing laws in Florida, you could
easily be charged with the crime without realizing you were making a mistake.
Trespassing is simply defined as entering another's property, structure,
or conveyance and/or remaining there willfully. If there was a notice
not to enter posted, a person may also be charged.
In Florida, trespassing is usually a second degree misdemeanor and carries
up to 60 days in jail. The trespass is considered more serious if another
person is present in the structure when the trespass occurred, upgrading
the charge to a misdemeanor in the first degree, which is punishable by
up to a year in prison. If the offender was in possession of a firearm
or other dangerous weapon, the crime becomes a felony with a maximum of
five years in jail.
Construct a Solid Defense Strategy
A St. Augustine criminal defense attorney from our legal team can argue
on your behalf to protect you from these penalties.
We can utilize any of the following
common trespassing defenses for your case:
- Disputing your actual presence on the property
- You were not told to leave once on the property
- You were not on the property willfully
- You were invited onto the property
- The person who asked you to leave was not the property owner
- Insufficient notice was given
- You were given conflicting statements
If you have been charged with trespassing in the St. Augustine area, a
seasoned legal advocate from Albaugh Law Firm can help you challenged
the charge or have the penalties reduced.
Call our firm right away to get started on building a strong defense for your case!