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Metairie and New Orleans Criminal Trespass Lawyer

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Criminal Trespass

Being accused of criminal trespass can be confusing and stressful. Whether you unknowingly entered restricted property or there's a misunderstanding, a criminal trespass conviction can have serious consequences. Moisant Law Firm's experienced criminal defense attorney can help.​Our founding attorney, Samantha Moisant, is a former prosecutor at the New Orleans District Attorney's office, giving her unique insight into how the prosecution builds their cases. 

What is Criminal Trespass in Louisiana?

Louisiana Revised Statute 14:63 defines criminal trespass. In simple terms, it's entering or remaining on property without lawful permission or ignoring a clear directive to leave. The severity of the offense depends on the circumstances,including:

  • Type of Property: Trespassing on private property is generally less serious than trespassing on government property or restricted areas.

  • Intent: Did you enter the property accidentally or with malicious intent?

  • Previous Warnings: Have you been previously warned to leave the property?

What are the Penalties for Criminal Trespass in Louisiana?

The penalties for criminal trespass in Louisiana vary depending on the severity of the offense. They can range from a misdemeanor punishable by a fine to a felony with potential jail time:

  • Simple Trespass: A first offense for trespassing on private property is typically a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $500.

  • Criminal Trespass: Trespassing on posted property, remaining on property after being warned to leave, or entering restricted areas can be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

  • Aggravated Criminal Trespass: This felony applies to trespassing on a religious institution, funeral home,cemetery, or critical infrastructure. Penalties can include significant fines and jail time.

Moisant Law Firm Can Help

Moisant Law Firm understands the complexities of criminal trespass charges. We will work diligently to:

  • Investigate the circumstances of your case.

  • Review all evidence and police reports.

  • Identify any potential defenses, such as mistaken identity or lack of criminal intent.

  • Negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf.

  • Represent you in court, if necessary.

Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome in your case, whether that's dismissal of charges, reduced penalties, or an alternative resolution.

Contact Moisant Law Today for a Free Consultation

If you have been arrested for criminal trespass in Metairie, New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, LA,  or surrounding parishes contact Moisant Law Firm today for a free consultation. We will review your case and discuss your legal options.

Call us at 504-317-1685  or fill out our online contact form.

We accept cases in Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, and surrounding areas.

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