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USPS Back Room - Trespassing?

Trespassing requires that you be on someone else's property without their permission. The supervisor has explicitly given you permission, so it's not possible for you to trespass. You are correct that ...
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Is it legal for private citizens to "impound" e-scooters?

Maybe, Hence the Lawsuits In the absence of clear statute law these all circle around tort law. For the scooter companies, trespass to chattels, and for the affected landowners (who hire the ...
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In Los Angeles can I defend my own property against looters?

If you are arrested for assault, you have available to you the defense of the right to defend real or personal property: you "may use reasonable force to protect that property from imminent harm. ...
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May I bring weapons and/or defend myself when trespassing for a legal reason?

As the answer by Greendrake says, if you have a a legal reason, to enter property, you re not a trespasser. Trespassing is generally defined as entering on property against the expressed will of the ...
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Pokémon Go hot spots and private property

What is the legality of someone putting a virtual hot spot on your property without permission? I know we are in uncharted territory but how would this compare to setting up a contest that would ...
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Do I have the right to enter into someone house without permission if my child is in there?

So, in England and Wales your son assaulted Mario. (From Wikipedia: "Assault is committed if one intentionally or recklessly causes another person to apprehend immediate and unlawful personal violence"...
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Are there laws restricting who can go into "employees only" areas?

...a disgruntled customer walks into the employee only area and refuses to leave until xyz demands are met. That is called trespassing. Trespass is defined by the act of knowingly entering ...
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Do I have the right to enter into someone house without permission if my child is in there?

It depends. If you child is actually a child, then if someone refuses to return your child to you upon your request, you are arguably acting to prevent a crime, which gives you some leniency in ...
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Can I deny people entry to a political rally I co-organise?

This would seem to fall under "negative" freedom of association; that is, the freedom to not associate with certain other people. This article discusses the matter in the context of ...
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In Los Angeles can I defend my own property against looters?

Legally, yes. Under Penal Code 198.5, California follows the Castle doctrine, meaning there is no duty to retreat if a resident confronts an intruder inside the home. Residents are permitted to use ...
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Can a city hire someone to mow my grass (against my wishes)?

Your rights notwithstanding, the government has the power to do such things under appropriate circumstances. First, you would have to be in violation of some ordinance, for instance in Columbus OH you ...
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Is urban exploration legal? Even if so, should I do it?

My general belief is that in the United States entering structures like the ones you've pictured would be considered trespassing regardless of if there is a sign in place or not. This is based on the ...
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USPS Back Room - Trespassing?

if a postal police officer happened to be there one day, he'd [...] question the supervisor I'd say the post office people, and esp. the supervisor, are at much higher risk than you. If, by some ...
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Is urban exploration legal? Even if so, should I do it?

In the UK, trespass (except in places like nuclear plants and railway lines) is a civil offence not a criminal offence, and so you can only be sued for compensation for any costs the landowner ...
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Do the police have to kick someone out the house if the owner demands it?

If the ex-wife had a legal right to occupy the house, then the ex-wife also had the legal right to invite in others. Removing the wife’s right to occupy the house would be part of the judge’s divorce ...
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Are there laws restricting who can go into "employees only" areas?

Most jurisdictions define trespassing as being immediately trespassing if you are somewhere you have been previously warned away from (kicked out of the mall) or where there are signs posted ...
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USPS Back Room - Trespassing?

If they tell you to leave and you do not it is trespassing, but all you have to do is say OK and leave if they ask you to go. Anyone complaining about that is immature.
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Do I have the right to enter into someone house without permission if my child is in there?

You clearly committed trespass and assault; other charges such as burglary and threatening behaviour are possible, depending on the view of the authorities. It would be possible for your defence ...
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May I bring weapons and/or defend myself when trespassing for a legal reason?

If a court authorizes you to enter a property that won't be a trespass. Such an authorization would be meant to be communicated to the property owner before you enter it — so that they allow you to ...
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Who can stop a member of the public from peacefully protesting a private club who rents their space?

The club renting space from the shopping center makes no difference; the difference is public vs. private land. The legal controller of the land you are on - whether the shopping center, the club or ...
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What's to stop a homeless person living in a church or a mosque?

In many countries (for instance, the US), churches and mosques are private property. In general, the owner of private property can throw anyone off their property; claiming you're doing an extensive ...
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Force neighbor to resolve property line encroachment before selling house

Is there a way for us to prevent the sale of the house until they have moved the fence? For example, it seems that filing suit against the current owners doesn't necessarily prevent the sale, and ...
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In Los Angeles can I defend my own property against looters?

This is not a law answer but it feels wrong to make it just a comment. Don't do this. I know quite a few criminals. My dad is in jail for 25+ years. My brothers, uncles, and cousins have rap sheets ...
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Can I deny people entry to a political rally I co-organise?

In Germany, the organizer or someone designated by them can exclude people from the event, but enforcement is up to the police. A police coordinator will be near the organizer during the entire event. ...
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Can a shopping mall force Pokemon Go players to leave?

I think you would have difficulty distorting the situation - Pokemon Go is not magic that defies existing laws, and this would be no different to a mall issuing a trespass notice (which is effectively ...
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Getting the neighbor kids off my lawn?

I would serve the parents (certified mail), with a "cease and desist" letter, telling them that the children are repeatedly trespassing on your property and that you want them to stop; even ...
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Can town administrative "code" overule state laws like those forbidding trespassing?

The New Hampshire law against trespassing says I. A person is guilty of criminal trespass if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he enters or remains in any place. State law ...
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Who can stop a member of the public from peacefully protesting a private club who rents their space?

There were 2 cases which determined whether "pamphleteering" on walkways of privately-owned shopping malls was protected as free speech. Every time I try to search for them, for some reason, ...
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Is urban exploration legal? Even if so, should I do it?

For the most part, if you don't do any damage to the property, or yourself, and don't get caught, then I don't think you've anything to worry about. As others have mentioned, liability is a property ...
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