I was recently charged with criminal trespassing for entering in someone’s house and sleeping on their couch. This was accidental and not purposely done. I thought I was entering my friend’s place and unfortunately I was also intoxicated when this happened! What should I expect at the hearing, and should I get an attorney?
It is important that you hire an attorney right away. It seems as if you were charged with a fourth degree offense which you could face a maximum penalty of up to 18 months in state prison. In order to be convicted of this offense the state must prove that you entered that home knowing you were not licensed or privileged to do so. The fact that you entered the home in an intoxicated state and did not know where you were may help in your defense for these charges.
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney, Jason A. Volet focuses his practice exclusively on criminal and municipal defense in New Jersey and New York. He earned his B.A. in political science from Rutgers College in 1995 and his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law in 1998. Mr. Volet began his career in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, where he gained extensive experience prosecuting both juvenile and adult offenders. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, he uses that experience to fight for the rights of individuals who have been charged with a crime.