Defiant Trespass Attorneys in Pittsburgh
A person commits the crime of defiant trespass if, knowing that he or she is not licensed or privileged to do so, he or she enters or remains in any place where notice against trespass is given by:
- Actual communication to the person;
- Posting in a manner prescribed by law or reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders;
- Fencing or other enclosure designed to exclude intruders;
- Notices posted in a manner prescribed by law or reasonably likely to come to the person’s attention at each entrance of school grounds that visitors are prohibited without authorization from a designated school, center or program official; or
- An actual communication to the actor to leave school grounds as communicated by a school, center or program official, employee or agent or a law enforcement officer.
If you have been charged with defiant trespass, contact one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.
Grading of Defiant Trespass
Defiant trespass is graded as a summary offense except under the following circumstances:
- It is classified as a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $2,000.00 fine, if the offender defies an order to leave which was communicated to the offender by the owner of the premises or other authorized person;
- It is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to five years in jail and up to a $10,000.00 fine, if the offender defies an actual communication to leave school grounds as communicated by a school, center or program official, employee or agent or a law enforcement officer
If you have been charged with defiant trespass, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A one-time lapse in judgment has the potential to adversely affect future job prospects, academic opportunities, and even student loan eligibility. Your attorney can begin negotiations with the police officers or prosecutors before your hearing. At Spivak Law Firm, we aim to get the charges reduced or even dismissed.
For a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.
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Call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390. Our Pittsburgh office is open during normal business hours, as well as evenings and weekends by appointment.
Spivak Law Firm represents clients in Pittsburgh and all surrounding counties, including: Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Washington County and Westmoreland County. We accept cases in Armstrong County, Clarion County, Crawford County, Fayette County, Greene County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Somerset County and Venango County.