Weymouth Trespassing Lawyer
Charges of trespassing can be filed as either a misdemeanor or felony,
based upon the circumstances. If you, without any right to do so, enter
in or remain in a home, building, boat, improved or enclosed land, a wharf,
pier or school bus when it is forbidden to do so, either by a posted notice
or in violation of a court order will be arrested and charged, and will
face a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and up to $100 in fines. Tenants
or those who occupy homes who had legally rented or leased the property,
and remain on the property after their tenancy is over, or the landlord
is alleges that it was terminated, cannot be charged with this offense.
There are a number of state statutes that could impact a person who is
unaware that they are the property of another, or is walking in forested
land when the area has been closed during a dry period. In these cases,
you can be arrested without a
warrant and fined.
Arrested and Charged with Trespassing
Every case of trespassing has serious repercussions in a conviction. An
innocent person can be caught in the trap of law enforcement, charge and
convicted if action is not taken immediately to defend the charge. At
my firm, Flanagan & Associates, I take pride in my record of success
in getting cases dismissed. As an experienced Quincy criminal attorney,
I also am very interested in representing those accused of trespassing
in the Quincy area in court, should the case make it that far. I will
aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome in every case I take on.
There are real consequences to a conviction, the most serious of which
is the criminal record that will now be available to any person who searches
your name in the future in a background check. A prior record can also
impact penalties that could be imposed upon you in the future on another charge.
It can be impossible to be aware that certain property is private. Posted
notices can fade, or may not be visible when you entered the property.
Unfortunately, the prosecuting attorney does not have to prove that you
saw the notice before you entered the property. It only must be proven
that there was a sign posted at the time of the trespass, and that it
was posted in a place that is considered to be reasonably suitable. This
makes the problem a little more difficult, but
there are always options to defend against a charge of trespassing. As a former private investigator, I take great interests in the details
of a case, no matter how large or small. Some of the details that could
impact the outcome of the case are whether the area was fenced, whether
there was a locked gate or door, or other type of barred entry that "directly"
forbids entry into the area or premises.
An external deck, steps to the front entry door or a porch on a property
are considered to be part of the property that is protected, and if you
enter any of these areas without permission, you could be charged with
trespassing. If you are charged with breaking and entering, you will also
face charges of trespassing. Under General Laws c. 266 § 120, the
trespassing laws apply to state or municipal property, as well as property
that is privately owned.
A more serious charge, Trespass with Firearms (G.L. c 266 §§
121) or Trespass with Vehicle (G.L. c 266 §§ 121A) have heavier
penalties based upon the actual situation, and whether the prosecuting
attorney believes that you were was present on the property for the purpose
of committing a criminal act. You must protect your rights, and the first
step is to call my office before your case progresses any further through
If you are facing charges of trespassing, call my firm,
Flanagan & Associates immediately or use my online form so I can review your case and advise
you about your defense. My firm represents those in the Quincy or Weymouth
area, as well as