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Q: is it illegal to jump someone's front yard fence for just a few seconds

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: yes

you are trespassing, which can be civil or criminal.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
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A: It is generally not legal to jump someone's front yard fence without permission, as it is considered trespassing. Trespassing is a civil offense, and if you are caught, the property owner may ask you to leave or even call the police. In some cases, the property owner may also be able to sue for damages or seek a restraining order. It is always best to obtain permission from the property owner before entering their property, even for a few seconds.

Under California law, trespassing is defined as entering or remaining on someone's property without permission or a right to do so. Trespassing can be a criminal offense, and can also give rise to civil liability.

In particular, California Penal Code section 602 makes it a crime to enter or remain on someone else's property without permission, and sets out the different types of trespassing offenses. The severity of the offense can depend on factors such as whether the trespasser was carrying a weapon, whether they were trespassing with the intent to commit a crime, and whether they refused to leave when asked by the property owner.

In terms of civil liability, a property owner may be able to sue a trespasser for damages caused by their presence on the property. This could include physical damage to the property, as well as any harm caused to the owner or their possessions.

In general, jumping someone's front yard fence without permission would likely be considered a form of trespassing, and could lead to both criminal and civil liability. However, the specific circumstances of the situation would need to be evaluated to determine the potential legal consequences.

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