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What is Criminal Trespass?

Criminal trespass occurs when a person enters or remains on another individual’s property without consent. The property could be land, a building, vehicle or plane. Essentially the trespasser does not have the permission to be there. The State of California has specified what constitutes criminal trespass and the punishments following a conviction.

Is Criminal Trespass Defined the Same Way in California?

Yes. In California, criminal trespass is defined as entering the property without the owner’s consent.

What Types of Acts Constitute Criminal Trespass in California?

Some examples of criminal trespass in California include:

What Do Prosecutors Need To Prove to Convict Me of Trespass?

Prosecutors have to prove the defendant: 

What is the Punishment for Trespassing in California?

In California, criminal trespass can be charged as an infraction, a misdemeanor, or (very rarely) a felony. The majority of criminal trespass instances are charged as misdemeanors, which is punished with up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Are There Any Defenses I Can Use to Fight a Criminal Trespass Charge?

Yes there are. Common trespass defenses include:

Should I Consult a Lawyer?

Yes, it’s in your best interest to talk to a criminal lawyer about how to fight this trespass charge.

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Last Modified: 08-03-2016 03:00 PM PDT

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