I was charge ist degree misdemeanor
for trespassing a state property while fishing at the dam in Truman Lake in Missouri. I have a hearing at court tomorrow. I am worry. How should I plea?
JA: You're dealing with a tough issue. But don't worry -- you're in good hands. I know the lawyer has information that can help. Have you consulted a lawyer yet?
Customer: No, I didn't think it was serious, until I realize the letter came from the court that trespassing is a crime.
JA: Please tell me everything you can about this issue so the Lawyer can help you best.
Customer: On the weekend of 25th of March, the Men Ministry at New Life Hmong Alliance Church had plan to go on a weeken fellowship at Stockton Lake, Misssouri. We plan to fish in the morning of Saturday, and then come back to sing song to praise the Lord, and learn the God's WOrds together. We heard that there were good fishing up in Truman Lake Dam. So we went there to fish early in the morning about five o'clock. We did catch any fish, but there was a hot spot under a sign, "Restricted Area, Keep Out," Below this sign, there were four-five people fishing, and they kept catching fish. Two men in the middle left their spots. A thought came to me to take a spot there and try my luck, but to their fishing gears and poles were still there. I didn't want to be rude and take their spot. Beyond the last man stand below the sign, there were couple of spots about ten feet away. There were no line or fence below the sign. The fence and the sign was bove. I was so into fishing and wanted to make some catch, I was not aware of the sign above me, I went beside the last fisherman, over about ten feet. I fished for about a good 20 minutes or so, and a ranger came to me to reel up my line, ask for my fishing permit and ID. He held on to my licenses, told me, he will deal with after he had check other fishermen. After he had checked them, he ask me to go to his truck, there he said that I have trespass, and charged me for trespassing.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should be aware of?
Customer: can you be more specific?
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