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Trespass

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What is the definition of trespassing?

In the District of Columbia it is illegal to enter or attempt to enter any private dwelling, public building or other property or to remain within such property without lawful authority and against the will of the lawful occupant.

What does my college or university consider to be trespassing?

In the same way as entering private property without proper authorization, entering any part of your college or university’s campus that is designated as off limits or for university officials only is considered trespassing. Entry into any area on campus where it may be reasonably inferred that access is prohibited or restricted may also be considered trespassing by the university. 

What are the consequences for trespassing? 

Consequences for trespassing can range anywhere from heavy fines to some jail time; if you are facing trespassing charges, it is important to contact an experienced college student criminal defense lawyer to help you handle your court case.  

What are my college or university’s consequences for trespassing? 

Typically the minimum sanction for trespassing is disciplinary probation, but the consequences can be more severe. Even if the trespassing occurred off-campus, you still could face university disciplinary proceedings because every breach of Washington D.C. law is also a violation of the student code of conduct. If you are facing a disciplinary hearing for violating your student code of conduct by trespassing, it is imperative to contact an attorney experienced in defending college students against trespass violations to best handle your case.