Asked to leave store (open to public), did so immediately. No intent to threaten, harass or otherwise commit criminal act. Was just a customer. Wasn't informed that i was barred from premises.
Previous shoplifting charge at this location several years ago, case settled and fine paid. No trespass warning given.
You are best served to retain a criminal defense attorney who understands the elements of the offense, the rules of evidence, and the allegations against you. There's a saying that a person who represents himself has a fool for a client.
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If your charge is simple trespass (and not criminal or defiant trespass) it's a summary offense. The fine and court costs for a conviction for this crime will likely be less than what an attorney would charge to represent you. You have a defense if you did not know you weren't allowed to enter the store.
If you were told to stay out of the store, and you recently entered again the store could file trespass against you, but I am not sure they have a case. In order to determine if they have a case, you will need to have an attorney dig into the records to see if there is evidence you were instructed to stay out of this particular store on the previous incident. Is there a record of it? is it on a transcript? Or, is it just the victim or officer's recollection?
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