Arrested for Criminal Trespassing in Phoenix?
The Arizona Revised Statutes: Criminal Trespass Laws
The moment a person refuses to leave the premises after being lawfully asked or ordered to leave, they could be charged with the crime of criminal trespassing. If you are the victim of such accusations, contact MayesTelles PLLC right away for excellent legal representation.
Also known as "loitering," criminal trespassing can be committed in one of three different degrees, each with its own penalties:
Third degree trespassing (A.R.S. §13-1502):
- Entering or remaining on any real property after being lawfully asked by the owner to leave the property or where there is reasonable notice prohibiting entry
- Class 3 misdemeanor, punishable by 30 days imprisonment
Second degree trespassing (A.R.S. §13-1503):
- Entering or remaining on or in nonresidential property or a fenced commercial yard
- Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by four months imprisonment
First degree trespassing (A.R.S. §13-1504):
- Entering or remaining in or on a residential structure
- Entering or remaining in or on property and defacing or destroying a religious symbol
- Entering or remaining in or on a critical public service facility (telephone/gas companies, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, etc.)
- The above are class 6 felonies, punishable by six months to 1.5 years imprisonment, or up to 2 years for an aggravated offense
- Entering or remaining in a fenced residential yard
- Entering a residential yard to look into a residential structure and infringe on the privacy of the inhabitants
- The above are class 1 misdemeanors, punishable by six months imprisonment
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Fight False Charges of Criminal Trespassing
As property owners, anyone has the right to ask another person to leave their property. It is also a grievous violation of a person's privacy when someone unlawfully enters their home or residential yard. These are the reasons why criminal trespassing is so harshly punished in Arizona state law. However, it is also quite possible for a person to make false accusations against another person out of anger or fear.
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