In Hawaii, a person can be charged with criminal trespass when they knowingly enter or remain unlawfully in a home or a premise where they are not wanted.
At the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC, we represent individuals who are facing charges of criminal trespass, and those who have been accused of domestic violence, and violating restraining orders. Attorney Bakke is a former prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience; he has a high acquittal rate that has earned him a reputation as one of Hawaii's top criminal defense lawyers!
A "reasonable warning or request" means that a warning or request was communicated in writing at any time within the year prior to the date of the incident.
Criminal trespass of the second degree is a petty misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 30 days in jail.
Under Section 708-813, an individual commits criminal trespass in the first degree if he or she knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a dwelling, a hotel, or apartment building, or a premises that is fenced or enclosed to keep intruders out and that person is in possession of a firearm at the time of the intrusion.
Criminal trespass in the first degree is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail.
It is very easy for someone to face criminal trespass charges after unlawfully entering someone else's property, especially in Honolulu where residents own large properties.
Whether your charges stem from a scenario where you made an honest mistake, or if you are being accused of violating a restraining order and entering a premise after being told to stay away, you should be represented by a skilled Honolulu criminal defense lawyer.
Regardless if you are facing up to 30 days or one year in jail, even 48 hours behind bars is too much. If you are being charged with criminal trespass, you are also facing the possibility of fines and the hassle of a permanent criminal record – don't let the worst happen to you!
Contact the Law office of Victor Bakke, ALC to discuss your charges in a free consultation!