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Trespassing at Taylor Swift’s Nashville Home

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

24-year-old Jacob Kulke was arrested in early December after he was found trying to break into the Nashville home of singer Taylor Swift. Tennessee prosecutors have decided not to press charges.

Attorney for Kulke, Sean McKinney, claims that he was able to get the charges dropped by arguing several points, one of them being that Swift did not have any “No Trespassing" signs posted at her residence. Kulke also claims that guards at the house told him that he could go on to the property. However, neither of those stands as justification for why Kulke was attempting to break into Swift’s home. Kulke is currently in trouble with the law back in his home state of Colorado for violating his probation after he was arrested for burglary.

In Arizona, Kulke would likely be charged with criminal trespassing, which is classified in three degrees, with the 1st degree being the most serious. Third degree criminal trespassing is defined in A.R.S. 13-1502 as a person entering or remaining unlawfully on any real property after the owner or other person with lawful control of the property (such as a security guard) has asked them to leave. Any individual who is convicted of criminal trespassing in Arizona will be charged with a class 3 misdemeanor and will be subjected to a fine of no more than $500 and a jail sentence of no longer than 30 days.

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