What is Trespassing?
Trespassing is the act of deliberately entering the property of another without their permission. A trespasser interferes with the property owner’s right to exclusive possession of their property. There are other forms of trespass, as well.
There Are Different Forms of Trespass:
Historically speaking, trespass is one of the oldest crimes in existence. Although there are numerous forms of trespass, many jurisdictions recognize three broad areas:
- Trespass to the person
- Trespass to land
- Trespass to chattels
Over time, these various forms of trespass have been codified into law and “modernized” for relevancy. It is technically a crime of trespass when one person assaults or batters another. It is impermissible to interfere with the freedom of another, and it is a trespass against their person when that interference occurs. Similarly, it is impermissible and an offense to interfere with the personal property of another.
For example, it is a trespass to chattel to interfere with another’s physical or electronic mail (email). Finally, it is an offense to physically trespass on the land or real property of another.