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Although criminal trespassing may not sound like a very serious criminal charge, the possibility of life-changing consequences for anyone convicted of that offense in Maricopa County does exist. Depending on the circumstance of the Trespassing charge, the offense can be filed as either a felony or a misdemeanor. A criminal conviction for any crime, especially a felony, will significantly impair your ability to obtain employment, obtain a promotion, or be accepted into a school.

Penalties for Trespassing in Arizona

 When a person enters or remains unlawfully in a house or residence belonging to another person, felony charges of criminal trespassing the First Degree can be filed. If convicted of criminal trespassing in the first degree in Phoenix, the sentence ordered by the judge might include:

  • Up to 2 years in the Arizona State Prison
  • Supervised probation for up to three years
  • Fines, surcharges, and restitution
  • Community service
  • A jail sentence in the Maricopa County Jail

In the state of Arizona, criminal trespassing is categorized in degrees: First, Second, and Third—-First Degree being the most severe of all the cases. Sometimes, however, a person accused of trespassing may not have been aware that they were committing an offense. It may be due to unclearly marked signs, or signs placed in areas that are dimly lit or are not clearly visible. Raising a defense to these scenarios are only some of the ways Sonoran Law Group can combat these charges.

Some criminal trespassing cases involve the defendant entering areas that are marked “no trespassing” with a sign or other notice. Many cases, however, arise from an argument, disagreement or even misunderstanding wherein a person is asked to leave by the property owner, legal tenant, or even a friend or family member.  As a former prosecutor, Ryan M. Garvey has successfully handled various types of these cases. He has the experience to identify the best legal strategy for your particular case and will fight for a dismissal or reduction of your charges.

Regardless of circumstance surrounding your arrest, trespassing charges are serious. In addition to the potential jail or prison time that could be ordered, the stigma and embarrassment that comes with a conviction will last for years to come. With your freedom and your reputation in jeopardy, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney standing between you and the prosecution. Your initial consultation is free and immediate. Contact Sonoran Law Group today to discuss your case and learn how he may be able to help you.