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A New Jersey Trespass Defense Attorney When You Need One

New Jersey Trespass Defense Attorney

You’re likely familiar with the term trespassing, but do you actually know what it means to trespass in New Jersey? This is a relatively serious offense that could possibly land you in jail depending on the circumstances. Thankfully, with an experienced New Jersey trespass defense attorney, you have a better chance at beating the charges.

What Is Classified As Trespassing?

In New Jersey, there are three classifications of trespassing.

Defiant Trespassing. This is a petty disorderly persons offense when a person is notified against trespassing but enters or remains in a place anyway. Notice may have been via the following methods:

  • Actual communication
  • Posting of a sign
  • Fence or other enclosure

A guilty finding for defiant trespassing carries penalties of up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Unlicensed Entry of Structures. This is a more serious offense than defiant trespassing. A person commits this offense when he knows that he is not licensed or privileged to enter a research facility, structure, or separately secured or occupied portion thereof, but enters anyway or surreptitiously remains in place.

As a disorderly persons crime, this means up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. But it increases to a fourth degree crime when the trespassing was committed in certain locations (school property, chemical plant, etc.) and is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Peering. You could be found guilty of peering when you look into a window or opening of a dwelling or structure adapted for overnight accommodation (hotel, RV, tent, etc.) for the purpose of invading the privacy of another when you know you’re not privileged to do so and a reasonable person would not expect to be observed. This is a fourth degree crime that carries penalties of up to 18 months in prison and $10,000 in fines.

When you have a knowledgeable New Jersey trespass defense attorney, he’ll tell you about any possible affirmative defenses that are available. These might include the following:

  • The building was abandoned.
  • The accused was in compliance with all lawful conditions because the building was open to the public at the time.
  • The accused reasonably believed that the owner would have given permission to enter or remain on the premises.

In Need of a New Jersey Trespass Defense Attorney?

Don’t risk the possibility of being found guilty of criminal trespassing. If you’ve been charged with a trespass-related crime, contact Mark Catanzaro as soon as possible. He has over 30 years’ experience in defending his clients in all types of criminal matters.

Don’t wait, call today.


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