Written by attorney Jeremy S Geigle

Man Charged with Felony Criminal Trespassing in Mesa, AZ

Earlier this month, a property manager at a condominium complex near the U.S. 60 and Country Club Drive in Mesa, Arizona was forced to call police after finding a trespasser in one of the property’s condos. After police arrived on the scene, they found 20-year-old Raymon Collier completely naked and covered in insect repellent.

When officers asked Collier why he was covered in repellent and insecticide, he told them that “he was just trying to throw the police dog off his scent." Police suspected that Collier’s delusion—there was no police dog tracking him—was the result of illicit drug use.

Criminal Trespassing Charges in Arizona

In Arizona, an individual can be charged with criminal trespassing in the first degree if they knowingly do any of the following:

  1. Enter or remain unlawfully in or on a residential structure.
  2. Enter any residential yard and, without lawful authority, look into the residential structure.
  3. Enter or remain unlawfully in a fenced residential yard.
  4. Enter or remain unlawfully in or on a critical public service facility.
  5. Enter or remain unlawfully on the property of another and burn, deface, mutilate, or otherwise desecrate a religious symbol or other religious property of another without express permission of the property owner.
  6. Enter unlawfully on real property that is subject to a valid mineral claim or lease with the intent to hold, take, work, or explore for minerals on the lease or claim.

Criminal trespass in the first degree pursuant to paragraphs 1, 4, or 5 of the above statute is typically charged as a class 6 felony in Arizona; if committed pursuant to paragraphs 2, 3, or 6, the crime is typically charged as a class 1 misdemeanor.

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