Examples of common acts considered criminal trespass under PC 602 include:
- Entering property where there are signs prohibiting trespassing.
- Opening, tearing down, destroying or leaving a fence open on another's
- Building fires on another's land where trespass forbidden signs are
- Entering any land with the intent to damage property or interfere with
- Refusing to leave property after being asked by owner.
- Entering and occupying another's property.
Because there are many situations detailed under California's trespass
law, this charge can be complicated. At its core, criminal trespass usually
involves three elements: (1) intentionally entering another's property
without permission, (2) intent to interfere with another's property
rights, and (3) actually interfering with property rights, such as damaging property.
As a misdemeanor offense, criminal trespass can subject convicted individuals
to penalties that may include up to six months imprisonment, a fine up
to $1,000, or both. If a person threatens physical injury to another and
later enters their home or place of work without permission, felony charges
for aggravated trespass can result in longer terms of imprisonment. Some
situations of trespass may also lead to infractions rather than misdemeanors.
Our lawyer s can help you understand the nature of your charge and what
penalties may be involved.
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charged for criminal trespass, including misdemeanor and felony charges.
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