Facing First Degree Trespass / Trespassing charges is a serious situation. Commonly, when our clients are charged with First Degree Criminal Trespassing, it is because someone has accused them of going into a residence without authorization. This can also extend to a vehicle, when someone has entered a car or truck to commit a theft or another related crime. In Fort Collins, as well as all of Larimer County, Jackson County, and Boulder County, having an experienced and knowledgeable attorney is vital. It is critical that you contact a trustworthy lawyer immediately and not speak with the Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park police in any manner.
Sentence for First Degree Criminal Trespass
As with any Colorado felony, First Degree Criminal Trespass – C.R.S. 18-4-502, a Class 5 felony, may carry a punishment of prison time. In order to be convicted of this crime, the District Attorney or Larimer County Sheriff must prove a person deliberately and unlawfully entered or stayed in someone else’s house, apartment or condominium. If a person gets in a vehicle in order to commit an additional crime, this unlawful entry is also considered Trespassing. If ever asked to get out, the law states that a person is required to vacate the premises immediately. A dependable and capable criminal defense lawyer is necessary to defend you against these accusations.
Examples of Trespassing Cases
In our experience in Fort Collins, Colorado and neighboring Boulder, Jackson, and Larimer County, we frequently deal with Trespassing cases where a person remains in another person’s residence even after being asked to leave. Many times, the biggest factor can be alcohol or an ex-relationship domestic case. In cases involving vehicles, we often see our clients accused of entering into a car to obtain an iPod or a stereo system. In this situation, the additional charge of Theft may be added. With both charges being alleged, the punishment may include a significant amount of time in the Colorado Department of Corrections. That is why having a distinguished attorney on your side is crucial.
Why You Need a Lawyer for Trespassing Charges
With over 20 years of experience defending clients accused of First Degree Criminal Trespass in the Fort Collins area, we have the background, knowledge, and expertise to effectively help you navigate the charges you are accused of. These charges can severely affect your future, so they should be taken seriously. Contact the O’Malley Law Office to speak with an informed criminal defense lawyer to help you today.