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Aggressive. Experienced.

Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney
Former Cook County Felony Prosecutor

Criminal Trespass

Chicago Criminal Lawyer Andrew M. Weisberg – For Those Facing a Criminal Trespass Charge

A charge of criminal trespass in the state of Illinois is generally considered a misdemeanor, with the class of misdemeanor being determined by where the alleged trespassing was supposed to have occurred. However, simply because trespassing is a misdemeanor does not mean that it is a charge to be taken lightly. Even a misdemeanor offense in Illinois can carry up to 364 days in the county jail and a fine of up to $2,500 plus court costs. Certain trespass cases can be classified as a felony and carry up to 3 years in prison along with a fine of up to $25,000.

A criminal conviction on a misdemeanor is still, in fact, a criminal conviction, and that means that it can remain on your record, cost you in fines and/or community service hours, and serve as a source of embarrassment for you and those close to you. That is why if you have been charged with criminal trespass, you should retain the services of Andrew M. Weisberg, criminal defense attorney in Chicago. Mr. Weisberg has successfully defended countless Chicago area residents who have been charged with criminal trespass. In the overwhelming majority of such cases, he is able to get the case dismissed and the records expunged or cleared.

Chicago Defense Attorney Andrew M. Weisberg Can Provide the Aggressive Defense You Need

The seriousness of the misdemeanor charge you are facing with a criminal trespass allegation depends upon the type of property trespassed and whether any other criminal action occurred. In some instances, criminal trespass is considered a felony offense, such as with certain government buildings and nuclear facilities. Other factors that can impact the gravity of the charge facing you include whether or not certain personnel was present when and where the trespass is alleged to have taken place.

In Chicago, the most common trespass case involves a young man or woman who visits a bar or restaurant and after becoming intoxicated, refuses to leave the premises after a request from the staff of the establishment. Most of the individuals arrested in this way are not bad people or trouble makers. They are often young professionals enjoying a night out with friends and because of a little too much alcohol, things get out of hand. Mr. Weisberg sees these cases all the time and he believes one bad night of drinking should not negatively impact your future.

Because criminal trespass statutes are intricate and involve so many variables and exceptions, it is imperative to have someone with an intricate knowledge of the law who can review your case, analyze and evaluate the specifics, and provide you with the most aggressive defense possible in an effort to help you clear your name and avoid any of the negative consequences of a conviction. Andrew M. Weisberg has the legal acumen you are looking for in a Chicago criminal attorney. He will uphold and defend your rights while providing you with the personalized attention that you and your case deserve.

Andrew M. Weisberg – Defending You Against Criminal Trespass Charges in Chicago

With Andrew M. Weisberg as your criminal lawyer in Chicago, you have the assurance of knowing that you have a defense attorney who has successfully defended cases just like yours in the past. As one of the premier criminal defense lawyers in Chicago, Mr. Weisberg will work tirelessly in order to pursue every avenue of defense on your behalf. Regardless of the type of criminal trespass charge you have incurred, defense attorney Andrew M. Weisberg can provide you with the representation you need. Mr. Weisberg has experience with many types of trespassing charges, including:

  • Criminal trespass to a residence 720 ILCS 5/19-4
  • Criminal trespass to vehicles 720 ILCS 5/21-2
  • Criminal trespass to real property 720 ILCS 5/21-3
  • Criminal trespass to state-supported land 720 ILCS 5/21-5
  • Criminal trespass to a safe school zone 720 ILCS 5/21-5.5
  • Criminal trespass to a place of public amusement 720 ILCS 5/21-9
  • … and more

If you have been charged with any of these crimes or any combination of them, Chicago defense lawyer Andrew M. Weisberg can provide you with the legal counsel and representation that you will need as you attempt to build an adequate defense to combat these charges

When You Need an Aggressive and Experienced Chicago Defense Lawyer – Andrew M. Weisberg

Criminal defense lawyer Andrew M. Weisberg brings a wealth of varied legal experience to the handling of your criminal trespass case. Before he opened the doors of his criminal defense practice, Mr. Weisberg was seen on the others side of the courtroom as a prosecuting attorney for Cook County. Because criminal lawyer Andrew M. Weisberg has had to look at the law from all angles and has plumbed its depths to find the nuances and exceptions that have won favorable verdicts from both sides of the aisle, he is able to craft a defense that is both insightful and aggressive.

Anticipating the arguments that the prosecution might use against you in a criminal trespass case comes easily for Mr. Weisberg because he has used those same arguments in the past. Now, however, his knowledge of those arguments enables him to develop preemptive counterpoints to each one of them.

Mr. Weisberg is also aware of countless alternative prosecution methods that may be used to get a client’s case dismissed. Over the last several years, prosecutors have begun offering what are commonly called pretrial diversion or deferred prosecution programs. These are programs designed for alleged offenders that have a relatively clean record and have been charged with a non-violent offense. In those cases, there are often ways to get a case quickly dismissed even where the person arrested was caught committing the crime in question. Mr. Weisberg will look at every possible option to give you the best chance to avoid a criminal conviction. He wants you or your loved one to exit the courtroom with the best possible outcome and with the opportunity to get on with your life.

Experienced and Knowledgeable – Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Andrew M. Weisberg

Though you may have thought that you had no chance to fight against the criminal trespass charge that has been filed against you, that attitude can quickly change with Chicago criminal attorney Andrew M. Weisberg at your side. Treating you with respect and dignity, Mr. Weisberg is always be available to address your questions and concerns, while aggressively pursuing the best possible outcome for your case. Mr. Weisberg takes great pride in the comfort and satisfaction of all his clients. He is not happy with the results of the case unless it truly helps the client.

Contact the Law Offices of Andrew M. Weisberg When You Are in Search of a Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested for criminal trespass in Chicago, no matter how straightforward or complex the charge, Andrew M. Weisberg is a criminal defense lawyer known for tough, aggressive defense. A former felony prosecutor, Attorney Weisberg has extensive experience in handling all types of criminal cases, from sex offenses and violent crimes to theft-related crimes and traffic violations. If you would like to reach Mr. Weisberg quickly and directly, please call his cell phone 24/7 at (773) 908-9811, or fill out the case review form on our website. The consultation is free.

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