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Hello ... on Thursday of this week, I was helping a friend out with a "flip" of a house. I had never been to this particular house and mistakenly opened the storm door to the wrong house (beside where I was supposed to go). I saw furniture and heard someone say "hello?", but I immediately shut the door because I knew it was the wrong house. Later that morning, I saw a girl outside the house and told her that I accidentally opened the door to their house. I wanted to let her know so she wasn't worried. Yesterday, I received a non-traffic citation/summons for "def tres posted" and am expected to pay $50 for pleading not-guilty and then it will go to trial. I am just flabbergasted by this.

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Hello ... on Thursday of this week, I was helping a friend out with a "flip" of a house. I had never been to this particular house and mistakenly opened the storm door to the wrong house (beside where I was supposed to go). I saw furniture and heard someone say "hello?", but Iimmediately shut the door because I knew it was the wrong house. Later that morning, I saw a girl outside the house and told her that I accidentally opened the door to their house. I wanted to let her know so she wasn't worried. Yesterday, I received a non-traffic citation/summons for "def tres posted" and am expected to pay $50 for pleading not-guilty and then it will go to trial. I am just flabbergasted by this.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

PA

Thank you.

You did trespass, but if you go to court and explain the situation, I doubt the court would convict based on an honest mistake with no actual damage.

Additionally, if the owner of the property does not appear then the charges will be dismissed.

You will need to appear, however, in order to address the charge.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Could this woman be looking to make money out of this? Do you know if I will get my $50 back if I show up in court and the charges are dismissed?

I do not know how they could make money without any damages.

Yes, you should get back the $50 if the charges are dismissed.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
This is just crazy to me. Thank you for your advice. Yes, I do believe those were my only questions.

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