What is Considered Trespassing in Arizona?

What is Considered Trespassing in Arizona?

Criminal trespassing is met with serious consequences, especially in the state of Arizona. The penalties of this crime vary depending on whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony, and can range anywhere from hefty fines, jail time, probation, etc. A trespassing conviction can adversely affect your future for years to come, which is why it essential you enlist in the help of an experienced and skilled Phoenix criminal defense lawyer, such as ours at Knowles Law Firm.

Arizona trespassing laws are divided in the following 3 classifications:

  • First degree – You may be found guilty of criminal trespass in the 1st degree if you knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a critical public service facility or residential structure, including a fenced residential yard--this also holds if you looked into the residential structure in reckless disregard of the inhabitant’s privacy. If the property is subject to a valid mineral claim or lease and you trespassed with the intent to hold, work, or explore for minerals, this constitutes a 1st degree charge as well. The law also prohibits you from purposefully desecrating, defacing, burning, or mutilating a religious symbol or property without permission from the owner.
  • Second degree – Criminal trespass in the 2nd degree entails knowingly entering or remaining unlawfully in or on any nonresidential structure or fenced commercial yard.
  • Third degree – If the owner requests you leave or prohibits your entry, yet you enter or remain, you may be charged with criminal trespass in the 3rd degree. This also includes the right-of-way for tracks, storage, switching yards, or rolling stock of a railroad company.

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