Columbus Criminal Trespass Lawyer
Criminal Trespass in Ohio is considered to be a misdemeanor. There are different degrees of misdemeanors, most of which carry jail time and fines as penalties. If you are charged with criminal trespass in Ohio, you should contact a lawyer to help you understand the exact situation you are in and to better defend your case. Contact Attorney Adam Burke at (614) 280-9122 now for your free consultation today.
Ohio law considers it to be a criminal trespass when a person knowingly and without permission enters and/or remains on the land of another. For example, if you have been told by your neighbor to keep off his property and you, ignoring his instruction, step on his land anyway, you have committed criminal trespass. If your neighbor thinks he may be bodily harmed by you when you committed the trespass, you could be charged with aggravated trespass.
It is considered to be criminal trespass even if you enter a property without having been warned by word of mouth against doing so, as long as there is a suitable deterrent, like a “no trespassing” sign or fencing, in place.
The state of Ohio especially frowns upon trespassing committed with a vehicle in tow, like a motorbike and imposes double the usual fine in such cases.
Ohio Criminal Trespass Penalties
Criminal trespass is considered a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. It carries a jail time of up to 30 days and fines of up to $250. If your charges involve criminal trespass with a vehicle on two or more occasions, the state confiscates the registration and the license plates of the vehicle for up to 60 days. 1 2
If you are caught trespassing in a place of public amusement, like a stadium or an amusement park, you are considered guilty of criminal trespass in a place of public amusement. This is considered a misdemeanor of the 1st degree, and carries a jail time of up to 6 months, and fines of up to $1000.
Burke, Meis & Associates — Columbus, Ohio Criminal Trespass Attorney
If you have been charged with criminal trespass, it is important to hire an experienced attorney to hear the facts of your case and discuss all your options with you. This will allow you to better understand your case and help the attorney better defend you. Contact Attorney Adam Burke of Burke, Meis & Associates now at (614) 280-9122 for your free consultation.