Texas Penal Code Section 30.05 defines criminal trespass as the entering or remaining on property not your own without permission. Trespassing can happen on commercial land, agricultural areas, residential property, vehicles or buildings.
If you are facing criminal trespassing charges in Texas, contact Morales & Sparks for a consultation. The attorneys at Morales & Sparks have been defending Texans for years, and we appreciate how frightening criminal charges can be. We work hard to clear your name if you have been wrongfully accused and to defend you.
Types of Criminal Trespassing Offenses in Texas
In many cases, trespassing in Texas is a misdemeanor — usually, a Class B misdemeanor. If you are charged with a Class B misdemeanor in Texas, you may face up to $2,000 in fines and up to 180 days in jail.
Some trespass cases in Texas result in Class C misdemeanor charges. Usually, this will occur if the trespass took place on residential property within 100 feet of a freshwater source, which is protected. This charge can also occur if the trespass occurred within 100 feet of a boundary on agricultural land. In these cases, defendants may face fines of up to $500 but no mandatory jail time.
If a deadly weapon was involved or if the trespass happened on critical infrastructure, a Superfund area or a shelter or habitation center, a Class A misdemeanor charge may be likely. This can result in one up to one year in jail and fines of up to $4,000.
Do You Need a Texas Criminal Trespassing Defense Attorney?
If you have been accused of trespass, it is important to consult a Texas criminal defense attorney who can defend your rights. An attorney can determine whether property owners were clear about the boundaries of their property. If “no trespassing” signs and other indications of property were not present, an attorney can determine whether you could have reasonably known you were trespassing.
An attorney can also seek to have charges dropped if there is no evidence of wrongdoing or if you have been incorrectly accused. If you have been accused of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, your defense attorney can seek to have the charges reduced. He or she can also seek to have a smaller sentence imposed.
An attorney works within the law and conducts extensive research to build a strong case for you. If you have been accused of trespassing, your rights, freedom and finances may all be affected. An attorney can work to help safeguard you in this situation.
If you need a criminal defense lawyer, contact Morales & Sparks. Our offices in Georgetown, Texas, as well as in Austin and San Antonio, are conveniently located to serve you. We treat each client like family, meaning we work as vigorously to defend you as we would to defend a member of our families. Contact us today for a consultation to talk about your case and to get some of your concerns addressed.Honest Client Reviews Contact Us Today