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 aggravated 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. Typically, criminal trespass to dwellings cases revolve around simply entering a home, apartment, or condominium without the owner’s consent. A burglary hasn’t quite occurred. And certainly neither has a robbery.
For example, in State v. Carls, 186 Wis.2d 533, 534, 521 N.W.2d 181 (Ct. App. 1994), the defendant and his wife were in the middle of a divorce. Wife obtained an injunction prohibiting the defendant from entering the home (even though it was joint marital property). The defendant no longer lived at the home prior to the order. Upon his subsequent entry into the home, prosecutors charged the defendant with criminal trespass to dwelling. He didn’t steal anything. He didn’t attack his wife. The defendant wasn’t supposed to be in the house. The Court of Appeals found that, “according the the plain meaning of the statute, the home was not [the defendant’s] dwelling but the dwelling of another.”
Criminal defense attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen are familiar with the issues involved in criminal trespass to dwellings cases. If you are charged with any criminal offense, certainly it’s a good idea to get a top criminal defense lawyer working on your case as soon as possible. Call Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202 regarding your charges. We answer the phones 24/7. And importantly, we focus 100% of our resources on defending criminal charges.