Tennessee Criminal Trespassing Defense Attorneys and Criminal Defense Lawyers Located in Knoxville, TN

While everybody knows that trespassing is against the law, many people do not realize that there does not have to be any theft, property damage, or vandalism involved for trespassing to constitute a criminal offense.  Criminal trespassing in Tennessee is defined simply as entering or remaining on property, or any portion of property, without the consent of the owner.  Being convicted of a criminal offense of any kind, even for trespassing, can have devastating consequences, including losing your job, costly fines, and even jail time.  

The skilled Tennessee criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P.C. Will fight for your rights and protect your freedom.

 While everybody knows that trespassing is against the law, many people do not realize that there does not have to be any theft, property damage, or vandalism involved for trespassing to constitute a criminal offense.  Criminal trespassing in Tennessee is defined simply as entering or remaining on property, or any portion of property, without the consent of the owner.  Being convicted of a criminal offense of any kind, even for trespassing, can have devastating consequences, including losing your job, costly fines, and even jail time.  

 Criminal trespass is a Class C Misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 30 days in jail.  However, if the individual who is trespassing knows that they do not have the consent of the owner, if any vandalism occurs, or if any property is damaged as a result of gaining entry to the property, the offense becomes aggravated criminal trespass, which constitutes a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in prison and a fine of $500.  Additionally, if the property on which the individual is trespassing is a home, hospital, or school, then it becomes a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.