According to reports out of Cobb County, David Jackson, a 25-year-old man, attempted to convince one of his female neighbors that he was an Atlanta Police Officer and needed to search her home at 2:00 a.m. last Wednesday.
He was arrested after allegedly attempting to enter her home. The woman called Cobb 911 and told a dispatcher that Jackson was trying to open her front door and claiming that he was a police officer.
Once arrested, it was discovered that he also had a hold in Cherokee County on similar charges. Each arrest included trespassing and some sort of serious drug possession.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the crime that Jackson has been accused of repeatedly in multiple counties: criminal trespass.
Criminal Trespass in Georgia
Georgia law defined criminal trespass in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §16-7-21. According to the law, there are several different ways that the criminal offense of criminal trespass can be committed. These ways include:
- When a person intentionally damages any property of another without consent of that other person and the damage thereto is $500.00 or less.
- When a person knowingly and maliciously interferes with the possession or use of the property of another person without consent of that person.
- When a person enters on the land or premises or into any part of any vehicle, railroad car, aircraft, or watercraft of another person for an unlawful purpose.
- When a person enters onto the land or premises of another person or into any part of any vehicle, railroad car, aircraft, or watercraft of another person after receiving notice from the owner that such entry is forbidden.
- When a person remains on the land or premises of another person or within the vehicle, railroad car, aircraft, or watercraft of another person after the owner has asked the person to leave.
- When a person intentionally defaces, mutilates, or defiles any grave marker, monument, or memorial to one or more deceased persons who served in the military.
Criminal trespass is classified as a misdemeanor. In Georgia, misdemeanors carried the sentence of either a fine up to $1,000.00, up to one year in prison, or both.
Jackson has also been charged with many other criminal offenses and is facing some serious consequences if convicted. As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, it is important for me to point out in every case that I cover mentioning the arrest of a person that just because someone has been arrested does not mean that he or she is guilty of that offense.
Everyone has a presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If you or a loved one has been arrested or accused of committing a crime in Georgia, contact our offices now.