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Consequences of an Unlawful Entry charge in D.C.

Charged with Unlawful Entry? Here is what you need to know.

The consequences of an unlawful entry charge in Washington, D.C. can vary depending on the specific circumstances and the severity of the offense. Generally speaking, unlawful entry refers to entering or remaining on someone else's property without permission or legal authorization. In Washington, D.C., unlawful entry is considered a criminal offense and is punishable under the District of Columbia Official Code.

If found guilty of unlawful entry in D.C., the potential consequences may include:

  1. Misdemeanor charge: Unlawful entry is typically classified as a misdemeanor offense in Washington, D.C. Misdemeanors are generally less serious than felony offenses but can still carry penalties such as fines, probation, community service, or a short-term jail sentence.

  2. Fines: A conviction for unlawful entry may result in monetary fines imposed by the court. The amount of the fine can vary depending on the circumstances of the case and the judge's discretion.

  3. Probation: The court may impose probation as part of the sentence for unlawful entry. This can involve regular check-ins with a probation officer, adherence to specific conditions (such as refraining from further criminal activity), and potential restrictions on travel or other activities.

  4. Jail time: In some cases, a conviction for unlawful entry can lead to a short-term jail sentence. The length of the sentence depends on factors such as the severity of the offense, prior criminal record, and any aggravating circumstances.

  5. Criminal record: A conviction for unlawful entry will result in a criminal record, which can have long-term consequences. A criminal record can impact future employment prospects, housing opportunities, and other aspects of a person's life.

It's important to consult with a qualified attorney who can provide you with personalized advice based on the specific details of your case. Laws and penalties can change over time, so it's essential to seek professional legal guidance for the most accurate and up-to-date information. At Wagner, PLLC, our attorneys are ready and able to provide you with the necessary information you need and to defend you if you are charged with a crime.


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