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There are three degrees of criminal trespassing, and the penalties range from a class 1 petty offense to a class 5 felony. Because trespassing charges can lead to imprisonment, fines, or both, it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend against your trespassing charge.
Felony Trespassing in Colorado
A person can be charged with first-degree criminal trespass if they knowingly and unlawfully (without permission or right to be there) enter or remain in another person's dwelling (home) with the intent to commit a crime in that person's dwelling. First-degree trespass is a class 5 felony.
Penalties for a conviction of this crime can result in fines up to $100,000 and three years in prison.
A person can be charged with second-degree trespass if they:
- Unlawfully enter or remain in or upon the premises of another which are enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders or are fenced; or
- Knowingly and unlawfully enters or remains in or upon the common areas of a hotel, motel, condominium, or apartment building; or
- Knowingly and unlawfully enters or remains in a motor vehicle of another.
Misdemeanor Trespassing in Colorado
Second-degree trespass is typically a class 3 misdemeanor. However, it is a class 2 misdemeanor if the premises have been classified as agricultural land and it is a class 4 felony if the person trespasses on premises classified as agricultural land with the intent to commit a felony on that land.
A person can be charged with third-degree trespass if they unlawfully enter or remain in or upon the premises of another. Third-degree trespass is a class 1 petty offense, but it is a class 3 misdemeanor if the premises have been classified as agricultural land and it is a class 5 felony if the person trespasses on premises classified as agricultural land with the intent to commit a felony on that land.
Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. Can Defend You from Trespassing Charges
If you are facing a trespassing charge, regardless of the severity, call JBP today. Our Colorado criminal trespassing attorneys are dedicated and thorough, and can ensure you receive the best outcome possible in your case.
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