At times all of us have been in places we’re not supposed to be. Whether it’s the wrong turn on a long drive, sneaking into your old school to play a prank, or wandering around an abandoned building—most of us have trespassed intentionally or unintentionally at some point in our lives. Although it’s a common occurrence, the state of Michigan has harsh penalties for those convicted of trespassing including time in jail and expensive fines.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for criminal trespass, we urge you to seek out legal representation. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can assess the facts of the case, build a sturdy defense, and execute it with excellence. They can even apply their legal knowledge to your case to reduce your charges, so you ultimately avoid time in jail. Learn more about your legal options by contacting a skilled Michigan trespassing defense attorney today.
Trespassing Defense Attorney Oakland County, MI | Bloomfield Hills
Were you recently accused of trespassing on public or private property without consent from the owner or authorized entity? If so, we urge you to call Dallo Law, P.C.. J. Dallo of Dallo Law, P.C. has been practicing as an Oakland County trespassing attorney for years and successfully defended numerous clients accused of property crimes. He will do everything possible to fight for dismissed or reduced charges for your case.
Call Dallo Law, P.C. today at (248) 283-7000 to set up your first consultation free today. Dallo Law, P.C. accepts clients throughout Macomb County and Oakland County including Bloomfield Hills, Sterling Heights, Fraser, Utica, Troy, Auburn Hills, Birmingham and Novi.
What is Criminal Trespassing?
In the state of Michigan, it’s illegal to enter or remain on another’s property or premises without the consent of the owner. The law applies to both private and public properties where guests are not permitted on certain days and/or hours of the day. The act of trespassing is defined under Section 750.552 of the Penal Code as:
- Entering the land or premises of another without lawful authority after the owner has forbidden the defendant from doing so
- Remain on the property without lawful authority or after the owner, occupant, or agent of the owner has notified them to leave
- Enter and/or remain on another’s fenced or posted farm property without authority. The owner does not have to request you to leave if the property is fenced or a posted farm property.
The statute does not apply to process servers who are on the premises to serve any of the following people:
- The owner or occupant of the premises
- The agent of the owner or occupant of the property
- A lessee of the property
Is Criminal Trespass a Felony?
Trespassing is defined as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case. If you trespass on any of the following, you may be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and two years of probation.
- Trespassing by cutting or destroying property
- Trespassing upon cranberry marshes
- Trespassing on an orchard, vineyard or garden
- Trespassing and injuring medicinal plants
- Trespassing on the lands or premise of another
- Unlawful depositing, dumping, or placing garbage on the property of another
- Trespassing or entering the improved land of another
- Trespassing on huckleberry and/or blackberry marshes
Felony trespassing occurs when you’ve trespassed upon the property of a state correctional facility. It can also occur if you destroy/damage property valued at $1,00 or more, but less than $20,000. The penalty is 5 years and a fine of not more than $10,000 or x3 the value of the damaged property.
If the property was valued at $20,000 or more, then the penalty is 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine or 3x the value of the damaged property.
Trespassing Laws in Michigan – Visit the official website for the Michigan Legislature to learn more about their laws regarding trespassing. Access the site to learn the elements of the crime, penalties, penalty enhancements, and other applicable offenses.
Trespassing Lawyer Oakland County, Michigan
If you or someone you know has been arrested for trespassing, don’t hesitate to contact Dallo Law, P.C.. J. Dallo has an experienced legal team on his side as well as extensive skills, resources needed to fight your charges. Don’t wait another moment to protect your future and contact J. Dallo of Dallo Law, P.C. today.
Dallo Law, P.C. can be contacted at (248) 283-7000. We are located in Bloomfield Hills but accept clients throughout the greater Macomb County and Oakland County area.