Detroit Metropolitan Airport Security (Entering Restricted Areas – Trespassing) Defense Attorney
Michigan’s premier airport defense firm…providing cutting edge, experienced defense to offenses allegedly committed at Metropolitan Airport by both local residents and out-of-state travelers. We are not afraid to win.
Airports are always on high alert and law enforcement is quick to bring charges.
The airport is divided up into designated areas with differing levels of security and differing rules. The following are the various Security Sensitive Areas.
- Air Operations Area: areas used for landing, takeoff, moving of planes, hangar areas, and parking aprons.
- Secured Area: areas where access is controlled by fencing, gates, signs, guards, or devices.
- Sterile Area: public areas where access is controlled by inspection of persons and property.
- Security Identification Display Area: areas where airport identification badges must be displayed at all times. Secured areas are included in this heading.
- Restricted Area: areas of the airport designated not generally open to the public, unless authorization has been granted to enter.
There are employees at the airport whose only job is to make sure no visitor goes anywhere they shouldn’t. As you may imagine, these individuals are on high alert and they are looking for individuals who may be a danger to others. Although it is great that these airport employees are protecting airport passengers, they often mistake innocent or inadvertent actions and just assume criminal intent. People make mistakes and honest mistakes should not result in jail. As you may imagine, most people arrested under these circumstances claim they were not aware of the restricted designation or that they were lost or misdirected. It takes an experienced, credible defense lawyer to convince a prosecutor of their client’s innocence.
In those cases where someone made a conscious decision to go to a restricted location in the airport, an experienced lawyer will be necessary to help keep you from a jail sentence. The reason for the intrusion into restricted space can make the difference between misdemeanor and felony charges.
Penalties for violating the airport ordinance
The airport ordinance rules are similar to the Michigan laws against trespassing. The standard trespassing law in Michigan says that a person may not enter upon the lands owned by another without permission. The penalty for trespassing on private property is 30 days in jail. The penalty for entering restricted areas at the airport is much greater, 90 days, up to 2 years of probation, and/or $500.00, because the law considers any security violation at the airport to be very serious, as it should. In addition to possible jail and fines, a person may also be barred from using the airport in the future.
The fact is that with all of the stress and distractions at the airport people sometimes wander into or through an area marked as restricted without even noticing the signage warning them to stay out. An experienced airport defense attorney knows this and knows how to argue this fact to the prosecutor and judge.
In addition to the potential jail, fines, costs, and potentially being banned from using the airport again, it is also a heavy burden to have to return to the Romulus, Michigan to answer to the charges if you live in another state. Most people realize the fact that you cannot simply ignore a misdemeanor charge. If it is not addressed in court, it will never go away, and will eventually result in a warrant for your arrest for failure to appear in court. The next time you check in at the airport, you will be arrested and taken to jail. You will miss your flight, lose the money for your ticket, and face some time in jail until you are arraigned on the warrant. Quite a nightmare. In many cases, the Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has been able to convince the prosecutor and the court to waive the requirement that the client appear. In these cases, we have been able to resolve cases without the client ever having to return to Michigan.
Even though entering a restricted area of the airport is serious…there is hope!
Astute criminal defense lawyers who have expertise defending airport cases are aware of the defenses and how to argue them. We also know that you very well may not have to come back to Michigan to address and dispose of the charges. Believe it or not, some defense attorneys are simply not aware of this fact, and many clients have needlessly traveled back to Michigan. Unless you created a very significant security alert and response, your attorney should be able to spare you a return trip to Michigan and maybe even prevent a conviction from staying on your record.
LEWIS & DICSTEIN, P.L.L.C. – Airport Security Defense Firm
The dedicated, experienced and zealous defense attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have successfully represented thousands of clients on felony and misdemeanor charges throughout Michigan, including Entering into a Restricted Area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. We are well-respected by airport prosecutors and the judges in the 34th District Court in Romulus, Michigan. We have a well-earned reputation for providing the highest quality defense and aggressive representation, while showing empathy and care for each client. Call us today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.