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If You Refuse to Leave a Palm Springs Restaurant or Bar, You Could Be Charged With Criminal Trespass
If the owner or an employee of a Palm Springs, California bar or restaurant asks you to leave the premises because of your conduct and you refuse to leave, you could be charged with criminal trespass.
Presuming that you are not being asked to leave for legally prohibited reasons such as your race, sex, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, the establishment can ask that you leave even if you believe they are acting unreasonably or without justification.
California Penal Code Section 602 PC (together with related sections of the California Penal Code) list over 30 different kinds of conduct which can constitute criminal trespass. Among that conduct is refusing to leave private property after you’ve been asked to do so.
California trespassing charges are unique in that they can be filed as
in very limited circumstances, felonies.
The vast majority of trespass cases in Palm Springs are charged as misdemeanors under California law. This would include refusing to leave a restaurant or bar, unless you have engaged in additional conduct such as threatening the owner, employees, or other customers or damaging property. Potential penalties can include:
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