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trespass

The unlawful interference with someone's personal or property rights. In a lawsuit, the property owner does not need to prove physical damage to the property in order to recover monetary damages,because the damage is to the exclusive ownership and possessory rights of the owner. However,modern courts do require some evidence that the trespass was intentional; older law did not differentiate between intentional and accidental trespass.In many states,the duty of care a property owner has to avoid unsafe conditions that might harm persons coming on the property is much less for a trespasser than for those who are invited.

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If an officer trespasses onto another's curtilage, that trespass would be a search if it was in an area of the curtilage where the owner has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
``Everyone who we arrest is dealt with in some way by the courts or the police, and I would remind anyone who trespasses on lines that they could be fined pounds 1,000 for doing so - and more if they cause damage.''
In a bid to keep them and rail users safe, British Transport Police Officer Pc Steve Wareing said: "Anyone who trespasses on to the railway is taking a gamble with their own lives, as well as the lives of all the staff and passengers travelling on the trains."
sentenced a 64-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Jane Eber, to twenty-six months in prison, six months for each of four trespasses at missile sites and two months for refusing to answer questions.
It is difficult to believe that it was written by a judge of the Supreme Court: WHEREAS the STOCK PROPRIETORS of this Territory and its Dependencies are grievously harassed, by having their Cattle distrained and impounded for heavy Damages, done or alleged to be done to the Crops of certain Settlers, who will not enclose their Plantations, but too often keep them open for the very Purpose of extorting such Damages out of the Trespasses of their Neighbour's Cattle ...(40)