Raid is a legal term often associated with unauthorized entry onto private property. In California, raid laws are specific and require a clear understanding to avoid legal violations.

What is Raiding?

Raiding occurs when a person enters the property without permission or remains on it unlawfully. In California, this can be treated as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.

What constitutes a home invasion?

Home invasion is classified as a felony or misdemeanor under the California Penal Code, Section 459. Here are the key aspects:

  • Burglary (PC 459): To be convicted of burglary¬†in California, prosecutors must demonstrate that you entered a building or commercial or residential room¬†with the intent to commit a felony or theft¬†once inside. It is unnecessary to enter the building fully for it to be considered “entry.”
  • Car Theft (PC 602): Car theft carries up to three years in state prison. You could face car theft charges if you forcibly enter a car’s trunk intending to steal its contents.
  • Vandalism (PC 594): If you cause less than $400 in damage, vandalism is¬†a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in county jail.¬†Otherwise, it is considered a felony or misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
  • Trespassing (PC 602): Most trespassing offenses are misdemeanors in California, with a maximum penalty of six months in county jail. However, you may also face civil lawsuits to recover stolen property or damage.

California Raid Laws

State laws clearly define what constitutes raiding and the potential penalties. For example, California Penal Code Section 602 details various forms of raiding and their penalties.

The consequences of a raid can range from fines to prison time. Additionally, the offender may face civil lawsuits for damages caused during the raid. To get more information on the subject, contact our firm to discuss some specific situations.