Monthly Archives: November 2016

Sleeping in another person’s car without permission is against the law

In the recent decision, State v. Joseph, a homeless man was found sleeping in the back of an unlocked vehicle. Police responded and he was arrested for a variety of charges. He was ultimately convicted at trial of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. The homeless man appealed, arguing that a vehicle did not qualify as a “premises” under the trespass law. The court disagreed and ruled that a vehicle does qualify as a “premises” under the law, meaning if you sleep in the vehicle without permission of the owner you are committing a crime. This is true even if you did not intend to steal anything in the vehicle or cause any other kind of damage.