Can a Guilford County Criminal Defense Attorney Explain Trespassing in Public Buildings?
Yes, of course we can! It’s probably a little confusing to think that a public building is open to the general public, yet a public citizen can still be charged with trespassing. A person can be charged and convicted of trespassing when they enter or remain in a building owned by someone else, and that they enter or remain in that building without authorization. How does this exactly fit in with public buildings, then? If you’ve been charged with trespassing in a public building, there are a few things you should be aware of and you should speak with a Guilford County criminal defense attorney before making any final decisions about your case.
In general, even an open to the public building can prevent the public from entering. This seems logical when you think about it. For example, if you were to try to remain in a public government building or enter it after in closes, it’s pretty obvious that you’re probably trespassing. In a more questionable situation, there are some things that should be considered though. For example, if the building bans a specific person, there are some issues that should be considered. First, did the building allow you some sort of opportunity to be heard before they banned you? If not, this could raise issues. Second, was your conduct that they’re banning you for based on expressive conduct? For example, if they banned you because you advocated for a specific point of view on a topic, that may violate your First Amendment rights. The building or company should also closely consider why they’re banning you. They will probably need a pretty good reason for banning you from a public building, so if you feel like you’ve been wrongly banned or charged with trespassing, you should consult with a Greensboro criminal defense lawyer today!
If you’ve been charged with trespassing, you should speak with a Guilford County criminal defense attorney today to make sure you’ve considered all of your options. The criminal defense attorneys at Garrett, Walker, Aycoth, and Olson know the requirements of the law and also genuinely care about each and every case given to them by their clients. Call at 336-379-0539 today; we are here to help!