Feeling that you and your property are safe from intruders is important to most people. Companies also have security or other measures in place to ensure that no one enters their property who is not supposed to be there. Even if no one is harmed or no valuables are taken or destroyed, being on or inside someone else’s property without permission is a crime in the state of Delaware.
The actual charges that are made against you depend on the situation. However, trespassing charges are often made in conjunction with other charges including theft, robbery or burglary. Whatever the specifics of your situation it is important to seek the services of a qualified and experienced attorney if you have been charged with theft in Delaware.
If you have been charged with criminal trespass, there are many factors to consider. Did you know you were entering private property? Did you have reason to believe your presence was allowed or would be welcomed? Did you enter the wrong person or company’s property by mistake?
Even the most serious level of criminal trespass in Delaware is still a misdemeanor. However, having a criminal record can increase the likelihood that future charges will be pursued more vigorously. Suppose you have a misdemeanor on your record and are later charged with a crime that can be prosecuted at either the misdemeanor or felony level. In this scenario, there is a greater chance that the prosecution will choose to pursue felony charges because of your past. This means that is important to take criminal trespass charges seriously.
Taking trespass charges seriously means seeking help from a criminal defense attorney as soon as you are charged. We will ask the questions necessary to understand the entire context of your situation and methodically craft a defense that takes all the facts into account. From there, depending on your circumstances, we may be able to have your charges reduced or dismissed.
The fact is, the economic “recovery” has not taken hold for many people. Desperation and fear can lead to bad judgment calls. We understand that mistakes and errors in judgment do not make someone a bad person. We believe that everyone deserves the strongest defense possible for their situation.
If you have been charged with criminal trespass or any property crime in Dover or throughout Delaware, contact our office. We are happy to meet with you for a free consultation.