Criminal trespass to dwellings is a misdemeanor in Wisconsin.  Contact a top criminal defense attorney today. (414) 270-0202

Criminal trespass to dwellings is a crime in Wisconsin.  Although it doesn’t carry penalties as serious as a burglary or robbery charge, this offense still carries with it a potential 9 months in jail and a $10,000.00 in fines.  Criminal defense advocates Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen are familiar with the issues involved in criminal trespass to dwellings cases.  If you’ve been charged with any criminal offense, contact law firm Meyer Van Severen, S.C. today.  Our criminal defense professionals can be contacted 24/7 at (414) 270-0202.


What is criminal trespass to dwellings?

Criminal trespass to dwellings is prohibited by section 943.14 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  That criminal law says it’s illegal when an individual “intentionally enters the dwelling of another without the consent of some person lawfully upon the premises, under circumstances tending to create or provoke a breach of peace…”  In order for the prosecution to succeed in proving the defendant committed the offense, four separate elements must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The defendant intentionally entered the dwelling of another.
  2. The defendant entered without the consent of someone lawfully upon the premises.
  3. The defendant entered under circumstances tending to create or provoke a breach of the peace.
  4. The defendant knew that the entry into the dwelling was made without consent and under circumstances tending to create or provoke a breach of the peace.

A few different definitions are important in understanding these elements:

Dwelling means the apartment, room, building, or other structure, in which a person makes a home.

Breach of the peace includes all violations of peace and order.  It may consist of an act of violence or an act likely to produce violence.  It may consist of profane and abusive language by one toward another.  It may consist of acts that put the victim in fear of bodily harm or otherwise disturb or disrupt the peace and sanctity of the home.


Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. regarding your criminal trespass to dwellings case. (414) 270-0202

The criminal defense staff at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. believes it’s important to hire a top Milwaukee criminal defense attorney to defend your criminal trespass to dwellings case.  Our defense firm has handled criminal cases involving criminal trespass, and we want to handle yours.  Contact Meyer Van Severen 24/7 at (414) 270-0202 regarding your case today.