According to Rhode Island state law, trespassing is defined as entering onto public or private property without authorization or permission to do so. This crime is considered a misdemeanor offense, which is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $1,000.
A simple trespass conviction can result in a permanent criminal record. This can have lasting effects outside of the courtroom and jail system, in terms of your personal and professional reputation.
Fortunately, you have a right to an attorney if you’ve been charged with a crime. A lawyer who has experience dealing with these types of crimes can help you either get your charges reduced or your entire case dismissed.
Since trespassing is a misdemeanor offense, most prosecutors will offer a “plea bargain” to either reduced charges or reduced penalties. Although you are able to accept a plea bargain without legal representation, you will only know if you’re getting a good deal with the help of a lawyer.
On the other hand, if you believe you are innocent and plan to take your case to trial, you will definitely require experienced legal services from a qualified attorney. There are several defenses to criminal trespassing charges and a lawyer will know which ones apply to your case. He or she can investigate your arrest, assess the evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and build a strong defense strategy to obtain the most favorable outcome.
If you’ve been charged with criminal trespass, contact our Rhode Island criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. today.