Criminal trespassing is the legal term for trespassing onto someone else's land or using that person's chattel without permission. On the whole, law enforcement agents such as sheriffs, park rangers and police officers enforce the laws for trespassing. In cases where charges are brought against you for crossing onto another person's land, you do have the right to defend yourself.
Do all companies automatically call the police when they suspect a property crime? You may be surprised to learn that not everyone who is accused of shoplifting in New York is required to see the inside of a police car - or a courtroom, for that matter. New corporate loss-prevention strategies espoused by big names like Wal-Mart are keeping defendants from being in legal hot water because of a shoplifting allegation. Here is their new approach.
A shoplifting suspect in East Harlem, New York, escaped from police custody as he was being escorted into a cruiser on Feb. 11. The man, who had been accused of shoplifting from a Duane Reade store between Park and Madison avenues, was handcuffed when he ran away from police officers who were attempting to detain him. Police officers spent additional time searching nearby residences and buildings, but they were unable to locate the suspect.
Did you know that property crimes in New York carry significant penalties? Even if you are not accused of shoplifting, you could find yourself in hot water for property crimes such as vandalism or graffiti charges. Even seemingly innocent handbills can get you in trouble with New York City law enforcement officers -- so it is important to know your legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to property crimes defense.