Scottsdale Lawyer for Criminal Trespassing Charges
There are several types of charges in Scottsdale that are common within the entertainment district. As I’m writing this, the weather has finally become nicer. This is the time of year that people flock to Scottsdale. I have been all over the world and can tell you, Scottsdale has some of the most fun bars and clubs. With drinking and partying, however, comes mistakes. While I have addressed many of of the other types of charges in previous blogs, I am going to address one of the more common offenses in this blog – Criminal Trespassing.
What is Criminal Trespassing?
Criminal trespassing can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Most of the time, however, the criminal trespassing cases we see out of Scottsdale are misdemeanors. Arizona law states that misdemeanor criminal trespassing is when a person knowingly enters or remains unlawfully on property after a reasonable request to leave by law enforcement, the owner of the property or a person having lawful control of the property; or if there is a sign prohibiting entry. A violation of this form of criminal trespassing is a class 3 misdemeanor.
How Does Your Scottsdale Case Conform to Criminal Trespassing?
Most of our Scottsdale criminal trespassing cases have the exact same fact pattern. Client was kicked out of a club or bar for being loud, fighting, too intoxicated or trying to sneak into the VIP section. After client was kicked out, they tried regaining entrance to the club to get back together with friends, close out their bar tab or was upset that they were thrown out in the first place. There is a big Scottsdale Police presence in Old Town Scottsdale. These officers are on foot, bike or horse patrol and are typically located outside of every large club. The bouncers will flag down a Scottsdale Police Officer and ask that the person get cited or arrested for trespassing.
What are the Penalties for Criminal Trespassing?
The initial penalties depend on your interaction with the police officers. If the police officer believes you are intoxicated or unruly, they will most like arrest you. If the police officer found you cooperative, they usually issue a citation with your next court date.
Your case will be assigned to the Scottsdale Prosecutor’s Office and you will be charged with a misdemeanor. A conviction could result in mandatory jail, probation, fines and a criminal record.
How Our Scottsdale Lawyers Can Help
Our lawyers represent hundreds of clients each year for various Scottsdale offenses. Our average client has never been in trouble with the law. They are educated with good jobs. They find the charge embarrassing, out of character, and sometimes, have no recollection of the event. If this is you, don’t worry. We’ve seen and heard nearly every conceivable story. We’ve helped thousands of clients and we can help you too.
To be clear, we share a common goal with our clients – WE WANT TO GET YOUR CASE DISMISSED. If you have been charged with criminal trespassing in Scottsdale, please call our office to discuss a case strategy. 602-980-1987