27/8/18 Burglary and Trespass

The offense of illegally entering a building with the intent to commit a crime inside. In the past, most states defined burglary as using force to break into a residence at night. Modern burglary statutes tend to be much broader. Today, burglary is generally defined as simply entering any building without permission at any time of day in order to steal something or commit a felony inside.

The act of entering or remaining on someone else’s property without permission. Although it usually refers to real estate, trespass can also apply to personal property, such as cars or boats. Trespassing is a tort (a civil wrong, which the property owner can sue over), and it can be a crime if done intentionally. Examples of trespass include dumping debris on another’s property or hopping a fence to get into someone else’s yard.