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Criminal Trespass Arrests In Connecticut (Part 3 of 3)

Criminal Trespass Arrests In Connecticut
(Part 3 of 3)

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Criminal Trespass Arrests for Juveniles & Teenagers

The top New Canaan, Greenwich and Darien juvenile criminal lawyers and attorneys frequently see Criminal Trespass arrests in Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan Connecticut of teenagers who attend underage drinking parties in abandoned or empty homes and buildings. The problem here is that the party space might be the home of a neighbor who is away on vacation, doing renovations on their home, or is an abandoned property, a public beach, or town park that you did not have permission to enter. And on top of Criminal Trespass charges, you can also be charged with possessing alcohol as a minor in violation of C.G.S. 30-89 (also known as Minor in Possession). These may not be serious offenses, but to a teenager, it could result in school discipline proceedings such as suspension, and damage to your child’s reputation, career prospects and college applications. If you are under 17 years old, the criminal process will proceed in juvenile court (click here for more info on the Stamford juvenile court process). However, if you are 18 or older, then your Criminal Trespass arrest will be in adult court and public record, subject to internet searches and background checks. Therefore, if you or your child has been arrested for Criminal Trespass for attending an underage drinking party, then you should contact a top New Canaan, Darien, or Wilton juvenile criminal attorney to discuss your options in keeping your child’s criminal record completely clean.

Don’t Let Your Criminal Trespass Arrest Be Raised to a Connecticut Burglary Charge

While it is always a good result when your criminal charges are reduced by a Connecticut prosecutor, there are times when charges can get upgraded and raised to something more serious. One area of concern for top Stamford and New Canaan Connecticut criminal lawyers defending criminal trespass arrests is the overlap between the crimes of Criminal Trespass and Burglary—a much more serious felony charge in Connecticut. At first blush, the two crimes might appear similar, as they both involve entering a home or property without permission. But that’s where the similarities end. Connecticut Burglary arrests—unlike Criminal Trespass arrests in Connecticut—require that you enter a property with the intention of committing a crime inside the building or dwelling you entered.

As background, there are three degrees of Burglary crimes in Connecticut. For example, if you are accused of using a deadly weapon during the Burglary, then you will be charged with First Degree Burglary under CGS 53a-101. If, however, there was no weapon involved, but you entered an occupied home, then you would be arrested for Burglary in the Second Degree per CGS 53a-102. The least serious Burglary charge of Burglary in the Third Degree – CGS 53a-103, can be charged if you merely enter a home or building with the intention to commit a crime inside. These are all felony charges and carry very stiff jail sentences, so make sure you speak to a top Stamford Connecticut burglary criminal lawyer if you feel that your Connecticut Criminal Trespass arrest has the potential to be escalated to a Burglary charge. Click here for more information about how serious recent Greenwich Connecticut arrests for Home Invasion and Burglary charges have affected Fairfield County communities.

Contact An Experienced Stamford Criminal Trespass Lawyer at Mark Sherman Law Today

As you can see, you have many options in fighting your Stamford Connecticut arrest for Criminal Trespass in the First, Second, and Third Degrees. But each option usually starts with the same first step—consulting a Connecticut criminal lawyer experienced in handling these types of cases. So give a call to any of the criminal lawyers at Mark Sherman Law today. Our rates are reasonable and we are focused on one thing: results. Our goal is to get your Connecticut Criminal Trespass arrest dismissed or reduced as quickly as possible. Also, our “two-attorney” review guarantee ensures that your entire file is reviewed by at least two of our firm’s criminal lawyers so that no detail or piece of evidence gets overlooked. So give the Mark Sherman Law Firm a call today. We are available 24-7 to take your call at (203) 358-4700.

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