I have a 10 foot privacy fence around my property. There are no trespassing signs on all four sides. One of the neighbors keeps flying a drone over my yard like they are casing the place.
Do I have any legal rights concerning such invasions?
Boggs v. Merideth was a pretty big case involving private drones and the privacy of neighbors. Happened in Kentucky, though. I would suggest taking a look at that.
ANSWER: Torts of TRESPASS and NUISANCE
Plaintiff may ask court to enjoin defendant from flying drone over plaintiff's property and may seek money damages.
"One of the neighbors keeps flying a drone over my yard" Complaint
"It has long been settled that a trespass to real property takes place not only on the surface, but also with any intrusion above or below the surface of the land." Smith v. Smith, 110 Mass. 302 (1872)
a “nuisance [is] … ‘a nontrespassory invasion of another’s interest in the private use and enjoyment of land.’ Restatement (Second) of Torts §821D.”
There are other definitions of nuisance. This definition may not apply in where you live. This the general principle. You should be able to complain to the police.
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