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When it comes to the crime of unauthorized entry into a closed emergency area, you’ve committed this crime if you’ve entered into an area that law enforcement personnel have closed off because of some sort of emergency. But before we get into the particulars and let you in on some of the details regarding this law in the California penal code, we should first get some definitions, punishments, and legal defenses that you can use out of the way. So why don’t we go ahead and start with some definitions so that we can understand what we’re working with when it comes to this charge.
Definitions of Unauthorized Entry into a Closed Emergency Area
Like we said before, this charge is when you enter some sort of area that’s been closed off by law enforcement because of an ongoing emergency situation. The only thing with this charge is that it’s particularly ripe for abuse. By that, we mean that a lot of the time police officers will bring this charge up against someone who merely annoyed them, and in some extreme cases they’ve even been known to bring these charges against someone who they themselves suffered some kind of police misconduct. This area can be something like the area of a flood, fire, earthquake, or other such natural disaster. In order to actually be charged with this, you’d have to have gone into a closed off space that’s been recognized as an emergency area and then remain there even after a police officer or other law enforcement personnel specifically asked you to leave. So now that we know what unauthorized entry into a closed emergency area is, let’s go ahead and take a look at some of the punishments you can expect to find when it comes to a conviction under this law.
Punishments for Unauthorized Entry into a Closed Emergency Area
The good news is that under California state law, unauthorized entry into a closed emergency area is only considered to be a misdemeanor. The actual penalties involved when it comes to this misdemeanor charge are a misdemeanor probation, up to six months spent in county jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. So, while this crime isn’t charged as a felony, it still carries some fairly hefty penalties, and might even take away six months of your life that you’ll never be able to get back. With that being said, let’s look at some legal defenses you can use against this charge.
Legal Defenses for Unauthorized Entry into a Closed Emergency Area
One of the very common legal defenses for unauthorized entry into a closed emergency area is that you didn’t act willfully and knowingly. Maybe you didn’t actually know that the area was closed off, or maybe you weren’t able to hear when someone told you that you had to go. Also, if you’re a member of the press, you’re automatically exempt from this law, and are free to go just about wherever you please.
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As you can see, it’s not too painful when you take the law as it is and break it down into simpler, more manageable parts. Far from being complicated and obtuse, the whole process becomes that much simpler to handle. So if you’re currently going through some kind of legal trouble and need some help, you shouldn’t delay any longer. What you should do is get in contact with a lawyer from our firm right away. We’ll be happy to help, and we’re more than capable.