~ Trespassing ~

In California, it is illegal for a person to willfully commit an oddly wide variety of offenses, which are all chargeable as the crime of trespass. Some of the many possible ways that someone can commit a trespass is to enter the property of someone else without permission, even if the land is not fenced and no harm is done to the land. Other ways include cutting down someone else’s trees, carrying away their wood or timber, even if it’s just lying on the ground, removing dirt or soil from someone else’s land, tearing down someone’s fence, removing a lock on their gate, discharging a firearm on their property and a wide variety of other acts. There are literally dozens of different ways to commit the crime of trespass as set forth in Penal Code § 602. A first time conviction for trespassing can be punished as a misdemeanor, with imprisonment in a County jail for not more than one year, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both a fine and imprisonment.

To view the list of crimes by code section (Statute), please click here.

To return to the list of California crimes in alphabetical order, please click here.

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