Trespassing in Kirkland
If you're convicted for trespassing in Kirkland, you will incur a criminal record and face penalties that could dramatically affect your life. If someone enters or remains on a Kirkland premises that belongs to someone else without permission, they can be charged with trespassing in the first or second degree. Trespassing is most often committed at construction sites, inside of buildings, on empty lots, and even in people's homes.
Sometimes a trespassing charge is the result of a simple misunderstanding. In these situations, it may be possible to have the charges dismissed. However, any trespassing charge should be treated with the utmost seriousness. In situations where a misunderstanding resulted in a criminal charge, the accused may not have been aware they were on private property. Evidence that proves this misunderstanding must be presented to the court, so you should go over the details with one of our qualified Kirkland trespassing lawyers.
Kirkland law enforcement officials often place an emphasis on criminal trespassing. This is especially true in areas where the homeless and teenagers may frequent, like parking lots adjacent to businesses.
Criminal trespassing charges in Kirkland are either a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor, depending on the nature of the situation. The more serious of the two is a gross misdemeanor, and it is charged when someone is caught inside of a building. A conviction could result in up to a year in jail and $5,000 in fines. If the trespasser is caught outside of the building, but still on the premises, the charge will be a misdemeanor, and a conviction will result in the acquisition of a criminal record. Needless to say, this end result should be avoided at all costs.
At the Law Office of Jason S. Newcombe, we will work hard to prevent a Kirkland trespassing charge from affecting your life. Our Kirkland trespassing lawyers urge all clients to obtain professional legal assistance before speaking with law enforcement officials, or the prosecution. Anything you say can be used against you in court, so it's important that you don't say something that could be construed as incriminating. Your lawyer will also seek to have the penalties associated with your criminal trespassing charge reduced in whatever way the law allows.Our Kirkland Trespassing Attorneys Will investigate Your Case And Build A Defense
When developing a defense there is no substitute for knowledge of the law. Even if you believe the charges against you are erroneous, you will still need to have your voice heard and acknowledged by the court. Our Kirkland lawyers have prepared countless defenses for clients facing criminal trespassing charges, so we will seek to answer the following questions:
- Was the building where the alleged trespassing took place abandoned?
- Was the property open to the public, and were you there lawfully?
- Did the owner give you permission to be on the property?
- Were you on the private property to serve legal documents?
Our Kirkland trespassing lawyers will also determine whether your charges can be compromised, which means the victim's harm is entirely satisfied.
Contact our law office for a free case evaluation, and speak with a Kirkland attorney who wants to earn your trust. Our legal team will defend you against criminal trespassing charges by putting their more than 30 years of collective experience to work for you.