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What is considered criminal trespass in North Carolina?

| May 20, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Trespassing is generally known as the act of entering or remaining on someone elses property without their permission. In North Carolina, criminal trespass is actually divided into two different categories  first and second degree. What is the difference between the two, and what are the consequences that may follow if convicted? 

The difference between first and second-degree criminal trespass 

Both first and second-degree criminal trespass involves entering or remaining on someones property without their permission. First-degree trespass, however, is defined as entering or staying on property that has clearly been secured with the intent to keep intruders out. While second-degree trespass is defined as entering or remaining on property where notice to not enter is posted, or after being notified by an authorized person not to enter.  

What are the consequences associated with criminal trespass charges? 

Criminal trespass is usually considered a misdemeanor offense. The consequences for which may include jail time and fines. In certain circumstances, it may be considered a felony-level offense. The length of incarceration and the fine amount may significantly increase if felony charges are pursued.  

Criminal defense 

North Carolina residents who find themselves facing criminal trespass charges have a lot to lose. Even misdemeanor crimes on ones record can have an extremely negative impact on a persons life. The good news is, anyone charged with a crime has the right to a criminal defense. Legal counsel can review ones case, question any evidence put forward, and work to have the charges dismissed or reduced.