Trespass and Vandalism
Defending Charges of Trespass or Criminal Mischief
At the Law Offices of John F. Marshall, our lawyers help people resolve a variety of New Jersey and local property crime and disorderly persons offenses, including trespass, vandalism and criminal mischief. Cases involving property damage in excess of $2,000 are indictable offenses, but most cases will be charged and resolved in municipal court.
Contact our law firm at any of our five New Jersey locations to learn how our familiarity with municipal court procedures can help you resolve a trespass or criminal mischief charge on favorable terms. In most cases, our goal will be to achieve a conditional discharge of the case, which means that the case can eventually be dismissed so that your record will remain clean of criminal convictions. In some situations, however, especially if you have a prior record, we'll need to work toward a negotiated plea or try the case to the judge.
Our familiarity with municipal court procedures can work to your advantage
Either way, our experience and understanding of criminal law and procedure will help keep your options open while protecting you from the worst consequences of a given charge. We represent people facing such charges as the following:
- Criminal trespass, defiant trespass, or trespass on railroad property
- Vandalism of private property
- Graffiti offenses
- Criminal damage to apartments or hotel rooms
- Peering into windows
- Unlicensed entry into structures
We represent both adults and juveniles, and our goal in every case is to find and execute the defense that will defeat the charges entirely. If that's not possible, we try to arrange for negotiated pleas to the lightest possible charge that will protect your right to conditional discharge and expungement.
To learn more about our ability to represent your interests effectively in criminal mischief cases such as trespass or vandalism, contact an experienced trial attorney at our offices in Shrewsbury, Toms River, and four other New Jersey locations.