Your home is supposed to be your castle. It is the place where you should feel safe. You should be able to live peacefully without others imposing on your privacy. However, there are some people out there who simply do not respect the boundaries of others. When someone comes onto your Arizona property without your permission, it is likely that they are breaking the law by trespassing.

According to the Arizona State Legislature, criminal trespassing covers many actions where someone comes on your property uninvited. This includes both public and private lands. However, there are some situations where criminal trespassing may not occur even if someone comes on your property without you giving them permission to do so.

A good example is if someone walks into your yard. In general, this is not illegal unless you have a fence and the person enters the fenced in area. If your yard is not fenced in and someone walks over it, then you probably cannot claim they were trespassing. In any case, if someone enters your yard without permission and looks into your home or other buildings, then that is trespassing. So, what the person does when on your property does play a role in what the criminal charge could be.

Anytime someone enters your home uninvited is trespassing. Also, any type of graffiti or damage to your property is also trespassing. A person who trespasses faces a felony charge. This information is for educational use only. It is not given as legal advice.