Criminal Trespass Defense in Atlanta
Criminal trespass is a type of property crime that occurs when:
- An individual intentionally causes $500 or less worth of damage to another
person's property; or
- An individual intentionally enters another person's property without
authorization for an unlawful purpose. This includes all forms of property,
including a home, apartment, piece of land, motor vehicle, railroad car,
aircraft, watercraft, etc.
What qualifies as criminal trespassing?
If you have knowingly entered onto another person's property without
consent or authorization, or if you have entered onto another person's
property and intentionally defaced, destroyed, or demolished any part
of the property, you will be charged with criminal trespassing. In Georgia,
criminal trespass is misdemeanor offense that will result in a number
of penalties, including fines, restitution to the victim, community service,
and possible time in jail. These penalties may be enhanced if you caused
significant damage to the property, or if you have committed additional
crimes on the property.
Fighting Your Charges Effectively
If you have been charged with criminal trespassing, do not despair. There
are many good defenses available to fight your charges. Atlanta criminal
lawyer Matthew T. McNally has been practicing criminal law for many years,
and knows effective ways to defend you in court. He can question whether
or not the property was open to the public, argue if there were no fences
or warning signs in place, and explain to the judge that you exited the
property promptly after being asked to leave. Mr. McNally can also address
whether or not you actually caused any substantial damage to the property
on the premises.
Contact Our Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you are facing charges for criminal trespassing, you need to consult
with an attorney right away. Atlanta Attorney Matthew T. McNally has the
experience and skill to protect your rights during the legal process and
help you fight your charges. Mr. McNally will prepare a strong defense
case before heading to court by thoroughly investigating the scene of
the crime, interviewing credible witnesses, and collecting convincing
evidence. In court, he is not afraid to stand up to the prosecution and
challenge the accusations made against you. Mr. McNally's main priority
is providing you with the aggressive defense and personal attention you
need to overcome your charges.