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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

UTAH CRIMINAL TRESSPASS LAWYER

Trespassing in Utah may not seem like a serious offense.  It is, however, a crime with very real consequences.  If you have been charged with Criminal Trespass in Utah, you should immediately contact a Utah criminal defense lawyer with experience defending people who have been charged with Criminal Trespass.  The criminal defense attorneys at Intermountain Legal have spent thousands of hours in court and have helped hundreds of people successfully navigate through the complicated Utah criminal justice system.  People who get the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer from Intermountain Legal almost universally get a better result in their Criminal Trespass case than people who try to resolve their case without the help of a criminal defense attorney.  This is because we have the specialized knowledge it takes to interpret the evidence to your advantage and to work with Utah prosecutors and judges.  In some circumstances, we may even be able to get the Criminal Trespass charges against you dropped.

Utah Criminal Trespass Law

It is against the law in Utah to trespass on another person’s private property.  You may not enter or remain on private property if your intention is to:

  • Annoy or injure another person.
  • Cause any damage to the property, including using graffiti.
  • Commit a crime, other than a theft or a felony.  If your intention is to commit a theft or a felony you can be charged with other more serious crimes, such as burglary.

Even if you did not specifically intend any of these things, you can still be charged with Criminal Trespass if you should have known that your presence on the private property would cause someone else to fear for their safety.

Your intentions on the property also do not matter if you enter or remain on the private property after having been given notice that it is private property.  Notice that the property is private can come in the form of personal communication from the owner of the property or someone who appears to have authority from the owner, from a fence or other enclosure that is obviously designed to keep intruders off the property, or from signs that are posted in such a way that intruders should notice them.

You may have a defense against a charge of Criminal Trespassing in Utah if the private property was open to the public at the time that you entered or remained on it and if your conduct while there did not substantially interfere with the owner’s use of the property.

Utah Criminal Trespass Consequences

In most cases, Criminal Trespass is prosecuted as a class B misdemeanor in Utah.  However, if the intrusion was into a dwelling, then Criminal Trespass is charged as a class A misdemeanor.  Utah penalties for a class B misdemeanor can include up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1000.  Utah penalties for a class A misdemeanor can include up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2500.  A conviction for Criminal Trespass can also result in a criminal record, community service hours, and probation.  Any criminal record, even one for a misdemeanor, can stand in the way of employment positions, volunteer opportunities, lease agreements, and create other unforeseen roadblocks in your future.

Contact a Utah Criminal Trespass Attorney

When you call Intermountain Legal, you will receive a free consultation with an experienced Utah Criminal Trespass Lawyer.  We will listen to your unique story and answer your questions.  We will also be able to advise you about the best direction to take in your Criminal Trespass case.  We will even tell you if your case really doesn’t warrant hiring a criminal defense lawyer. Let us help you put your Criminal Trespass charges behind you with the best results possible.

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STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.

STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

 
JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

 
STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

 
MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

 
MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

 
ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.