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Criminal Trespass/Damage to Property – Cook County, Illinois

Call a Chicago Criminal Trespass or Criminal Damage to Property criminal attorney at 312-229-5500 for legal help with Criminal Trespass or Criminal Damage to Property Charges.

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What is Criminal Trespass to Real Property?

Under (720 ILCS 5/21 3), you may be guilty of Criminal Trespass to Real Property if you: (1) knowingly and without lawful authority enter or remain within or on a building; or (2) enter upon the land of another, after receiving, prior to such entry, notice from the owner or occupant that such entry is forbidden; or (3) remain upon the land of another, after receiving notice from the owner or occupant to depart; or (4) present false documents or falsely represent your identity orally to the owner or occupant of a building or land in order to obtain permission from the owner or occupant to enter or remain in the building or on the land.

Most of the cases we see involve people who are in a bar or a restaurant and are asked to leave and they refuse to leave.  Another common example is when someone enters an area that is clearly marked as forbidding entry.

A violation of this Section is considered a Class B misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 6 months in jail. However, Court Supervision may be available as a means of avoiding jail and a conviction.

To note, under 720 ILCS 5/21-3, a violation may be charged as a Class A misdemeanor if you enter and remain on the property with a motor vehicle after receiving notice that such entry is prohibited on:

(1) a field that is used for growing crops or that is capable of being used for growing crops; (2) an enclosed area containing livestock; (3) an orchard; and (4) a barn or other agricultural building containing livestock.  If the case is a Class A Misdemeanor, it is punishable up to one year in jail.  However, Court supervision is available as an alternative sentence to jail and will not be considered a criminal conviction on you record if you successfully complete your Court Supervision.

The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, have extensive experience representing individuals charged with Criminal Trespass to Real Property throughout Cook County.  The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., will use their many years of experience to exploit every weakness in the State’s case.  We understand the differences between misdemeanor and felony Criminal Trespass to Real Property and know the various defenses available for a successful defense to the charge of Criminal Trespass to Real Property. The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., will examine all aspects of the charges of Criminal Trespass to Real Property and use their experience and knowledge of the law to come up with the best strategy to fight the charges of Criminal Trespass to Real Property.

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What is Criminal Trespass to a Residence?

Under (720 ILCS 5/21-3), you may be guilty of Criminal Trespass to a Residence if you:

1) without authority, knowingly enter or remain within any residence, including a house trailer, OR

2) knowingly enter the residence of another and know, or have reason to know, that one or more persons are present, or, knowingly enter the residence of another and remain in the residence after you have reason to know that one or more persons is present.

The sentence for Criminal Trespass to a Residence is a Class A Misdemeanor under paragraph (1) and a Class 4 Felony under paragraph (2).

If the case is a Class A Misdemeanor, it is punishable by up to one year in jail.  However, Court Supervision may be available as an alternative sentence to jail and is not considered a conviction on your criminal record if you successfully complete your Court Supervision.  If the case is charged as a Class 4 felony, it carries a possible prison sentence of between 1 to 3 years in jail.  However, probation is available as an alternative to a jail sentence.

The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., have extensive experience representing individuals charged with Criminal Trespass to a Residence throughout Cook County.  The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., understand the differences between misdemeanor and felony Criminal Trespass to a Residence and understand the various defenses available for a successful defense to the charge of Criminal Trespass to a Residence.  The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., will examine all aspects of the charges of Criminal Trespass to Residence.  We will use our experience and knowledge of the law to come up with the best strategy to fight the charge of Criminal Trespass to a Residence.

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What is Criminal Trespass to Vehicle?

Under (720 ILCS 5/21 2), you may be guilty of Criminal Trespass to Vehicle if you knowingly and without authority enter any part of or operate any vehicle, aircraft, watercraft or snowmobile.

A violation of this section is considered a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 1 year in jail.  However, Court supervision may be available as an alternative to jail and a will not be considered a criminal conviction on your criminal record if you successfully complete your court supervision.

The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., have an extensive amount of experience representing individuals charged with Criminal Trespass to Vehicle throughout Cook County.  The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., have a thorough understanding of the laws involving Criminal Trespass to Vehicle and understand the various defenses available for a successful defense to the charge of Criminal Trespass to Vehicle.  The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., will examine all aspects of the charges of Criminal Trespass to Vehicle and use their experience and knowledge of the law to come up with the best strategy to fight the charges of Criminal Trespass to Vehicle.

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What is Criminal Damage to Property?

Under (720 ILCS 5/21-1), you may be guilty of Criminal Damage to Property, if you:

(a) knowingly damage any property of another; or (b) recklessly by means of fire or explosive damage property of another; or (c) knowingly start a fire on the land of another; or (d) knowingly injure a domestic animal of another without consent; or (e) knowingly deposit on the land or in the building of another any stink bomb or any offensive smelling compound and thereby intend to interfere with the use by another of the land or building; or (f) damage any property, other than as described in subsection (b) of Section 20-1, with intent to defraud an insurer; or (g) knowingly shoot a firearm at any portion of a railroad train.

A Violation of the above sections (a), (b), (c), (e), and (f) are Class A misdemeanors if the damage to property does not exceed $300.  If the damage exceeds $300 but is less than $10,000, it is considered a Class 4 felony.  If the damage to the property exceeds $10,000 but does not exceed $100,000, it is considered a Class 3 felony.  If the damage exceeds $100,000, it is considered a Class 2 felony.  A violation if section (g), is considered a Class 4 felony.

However, the sentence under sections a), (b), (c), (e), and (f) are enhanced by one level if the damage occurs to property of a school or place of worship or to farm equipment or immovable items of agricultural production, including but not limited to, grain elevators, grain bins, and barns.  For example, a Class 3 felony becomes a Class 2 felony or Class 2 felony can become a Class 1 felony.

Probation may be available for the felonies described above as an alternative to jail.  As for the misdemeanor charges, Court supervision may be available as an alternative to jail and will not be considered a criminal conviction on your record if you successfully complete court supervision.

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Why Hire The Legal Defenders for Your Cook County Criminal Trespass/Damage to Property Case?

The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., have extensive experience representing individuals charged with Criminal Trespass to Property throughout the Cook County area.  We make every effort to exploit each and every weakness in the State’s case and vigorously cross examine the State’s witnesses.

The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., understand the differences between misdemeanor and felony Criminal Trespass to Property and understand the various defenses available for a successful defense to the charge of Criminal Trespass to Property.

The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., will examine all aspects of the charges of Criminal Trespass to Property and use their experience and knowledge of the law to come up with the best strategy to fight the charges of Criminal Trespass to Property.

Are you facing Criminal Trespass or Criminal Damage to Property charges in Cook County?  Give us a call. We can help.

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Are you facing Criminal Trespass or Criminal Damage to Property charges in Cook County?

Call a Chicago Criminal Trespass or Criminal Damage to Property criminal lawyer at 312-229-5500 for legal help with Criminal Trespass or Criminal Damage to Property Charges.

*Felony cases in Cook County are held at The George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse located at 2600 S. California Avenue, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview and Markham.
*Preliminary Hearings and Misdemeanor cases are held at all the Branch Courthouses and also at Grand and Central, Belmont and Western, 51st and Wentworth, 111th Street and Harrison and Kedzie.
*Central Bond Court is located at The George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2600 S. California Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60608.
*Domestic Battery and Domestic Violence cases are held at 555 W. Harrison, Chicago, Illinois 60607.
*Juvenile cases are held at 1100 S. Hamilton, Chicago, Illinois 60612.
*Traffic Court is at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602.
*For Court schedules, judge assignments and other information, see the Court’s webpage at: http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/

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