A conviction for trespass carries the possibility of a jail sentence. If you are facing charges for this crime, contact a Middlesex County trespassing attorney today. Call Spring & Spring at (617) 513-9444.
In order to convict a defendant of trespass, the Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
The defendant did not need to see the “no trespassing” notice in order to be convicted. The Commonwealth must prove only that there was a specific notice that prohibited trespass and it was posted in a place where a reasonably careful trespasser would notice it. The assistant district attorney ordinarily will present photographic evidence of posted signs, or have a police officer testify that the defendant was orally ordered not to enter the land.
A defendant is considered to be on direct notice not to trespass if the property owner secured the property with walls, fences, locked doors, or locked gates.
A dwelling house is any building where people live. Dwelling houses include apartments, single family homes, duplexes, hospital rooms, hotel rooms, boarding houses, dormitories, and tenement buildings.
Trespass cases can be defended in a variety of ways.
While trespass is not the most serious crime in Massachusetts, a conviction can lead to jail, and a guilty finding on a criminal record could result in lost employment, educational, or housing opportunities. If you are charged with trespass, you should take the case seriously and hire an experienced Middlesex County trespassing attorney to represent you. Middlesex County criminal defense attorney Chris Spring has handled hundreds of trespass cases in his career, as a defense attorney and a prosecutor, and will be able to guide you through the criminal process. If you have been accused of a crime like forgery or money laundering, give us a call immediately.