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Criminal Trespassing: Drunken 21-Year-Old Breaks into Home and Gets Shot

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

Zoey Ripple, 21, was charged with felony trespassing after barging into a Colorado home, drunk.

The recent college graduate made her way into a couple’s home through an unlocked door around 3:30 in the morning. Though the homeowner, Timothy Justice, stated that he had a gun, Ripple made her way into the couple’s bedroom, which is when Justice fired his gun, shooting the girl in the hip. When the couple turned on the light, they realized they had no idea who she was.

Ripple’s blood alcohol content was above 0.2 when the incident occurred, and she was taken to the hospital for a fractured hip.

In Arizona, individuals can be accused of criminal trespass in the first degree if they knowingly:

  • Enter/remain unlawfully in or on a residential structure

  • Enter/remain unlawfully in a fenced residential yard

First degree criminal trespass can be charged as a class 6 felony or a class 1 misdemeanor depending on the circumstances involved in the case.

Criminal trespassing can be charged as a felony in Arizona; having a felony on your criminal record can have extremely detrimental effects on your personal relationships and employment opportunities.

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