Trespassing in Arizona
Trespassing in Arizona can have criminal consequences. In that event it is referred to as criminal trespassing and defined by various degrees (1st degree – A.R.S. Section 13-1504, 2nd degree – A.R.S. Section 13-1503 and 3rd degree A.R.S. Section 13-1502). If you are charged with criminal trespass it is a very serious offense and you will need an attorney to help get you the best results. Under A.R.S. Section 13-1504 Criminal Trespass in the first degree is defined by the legislature as follows:
A. A person commits criminal trespass in the first degree by knowingly:
1. Entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a residential structure.
2. Entering or remaining unlawfully in a fenced residential yard.
3. Entering any residential yard and, without lawful authority, looking into the residential structure thereon in reckless disregard of infringing on the inhabitant’s right of privacy.
4. Entering unlawfully on real property that is subject to a valid mineral claim or lease with the intent to hold, work, take or explore for minerals on the claim or lease.
5. Entering or remaining unlawfully on the property of another and burning, defacing, mutilating or otherwise desecrating a religious symbol or other religious property of another without the express permission of the owner of the property.
6. Entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a critical public service facility.
B. Criminal trespass in the first degree under subsection A, paragraph 6 of this section is a class 5 felony. Criminal trespass in the first degree under subsection A, paragraph 1 or 5 of this section is a class 6 felony. Criminal trespass in the first degree under subsection A, paragraph 2, 3 or 4 of this section is a class 1 misdemeanor.
C. Ray Lundberg is licensed to practice law in Arizona and Illinois. Please call me at Mohave Law to make sure your loved-one is able to defend trespass charges. Mohave Law’s phone number is 928-263-2026.