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A person facing criminal trespassing charges could face jail time and a fine as defined by Tennessee state law. The information could go on your record and affect different aspects of your life. You need the help of an expert criminal defense attorney to navigate the courts on your behalf.

Understanding Criminal Trespass

Criminal trespass refers to a person entering a property without the consent of the owner or remaining on the property after being asked to leave. Consent may be inferred if the property is open to general public.  

“Without consent” refers to information being explained to the accused that the owner (or persons acting on behalf of the owner) either:

  • Verbally communicated they were not allowed to enter the property
  • Had a fence surrounding the property
  • Posted visible signs at entry points that communicated “private property” or “no trespassing”

Legal Consequences for Criminal Trespassing

The State of Tennessee classifies criminal trespass as a Class C Misdemeanor. Under state law, anyone convicted could receive a maximum of 30 days in jail and receive a fine.

A Class C Misdemeanor will go onto your permanent record and possibly affect your ability to obtain employment, housing or other benefits. Working with an established defense attorney will help protect you from having this information placed permanently on your record.

Defense Against Criminal Trespassing

In Tennessee it is a defense to an accusation of criminal trespassing if:

  • The person entered or remained on the property that the person reasonably believed to be the property for which the owner’s consent to enter had been granted;
  • The person’s conduct did not substantially interfere with the owner’s use of the property; and
  • The person immediately left the property upon request.

With criminal trespassing attorney, John P. Webb and his team, you can get the help you need.

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We are experienced in handling a wide range of criminal matters from minor misdemeanor offenses to the most serious of felony charges in courts throughout Middle Tennessee.  John strives to ensure that each client is treated with respect and personal attention.

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