While a criminal trespassing charge is generally considered a misdemeanor in Illinois, a conviction can still present serious penalties, not to mention a damaging mark on your criminal record. The Peoria criminal trespass lawyers at Miller & Pugh Law Offices, P.C., are committed to helping you protect your freedom by providing you the competent and aggressive legal representation you need in your trespass case.
Have you been accused of trespassing on state-owned property? Our Illinois criminal law firm can help you learn about your legal options. Contact our firm today.
Offering Effective and Aggressive Trial Advocacy When It Matters to You
Unlike a burglary charge, trespassing involves an individual gaining entry to a property that is not his or hers and without the property owner's permission. Trespassing does not involve the intent to steal something from the property, making this type of criminal charge a misdemeanor instead of a felony.
Common trespassing scenarios that our clients at Miller & Pugh Law Offices, P.C., have been accused of include:
- Being present at an eating or drinking establishment and being told to leave the premises
- Attending a concert or public gathering and getting escorted off the property
- Getting cited by law enforcement for trespass at parks or other state-owned land
When you are facing a criminal conviction that will result in jail time and hefty fines, we urge you to seek the competent assistance of a knowledgeable attorney, like C. Matthew Miller and Robert E. Pugh. As former Peoria County prosecutors, our lawyers recognize the tactics and motives that will be used against you in your cases.
One of the vital elements to determine in a trespassing case is whether or not the individual accused of trespassing was actually given notice to vacate the property. Was it a verbal notice or posted on the premises somewhere? In some cases, the individual does, in fact, have the legal right to be on the property that the alleged victim is claiming otherwise. Our team is prepared to craft a defense strategy that challenges these factors.
As soon as you consult with Miller & Pugh Law Offices, P.C., the faster we will be able to start protecting your rights. For some clients who have contacted us before official charges had been filed, our lawyers have been able to work with the charging attorney to reduce or even dismiss charges of trespassing.
Contact Our Peoria Trespass Defense Lawyers Today
We invite you to contact Miller & Pugh Law Offices, P.C., at 309-265-0816, or e-mail us when you need effective and aggressive legal representation in your criminal case. We offer free initial consultations, as well as evening and weekend appointments. We can meet with you in our Peoria law office, at a location of your choosing or, if necessary, at the jail. Our firm accepts all major credit cards, cash and checks.