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H.B. 223





Chief Sponsor: Kerry W. Gibson

Senate Sponsor: Darin G. Peterson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Criminal Code regarding criminal trespass.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    includes as the offense of criminal trespass the act of entering property with the
             13      intent to commit a theft or felony; and
             14          .    increases the penalties for each of two specified types of criminal trespass to one
             15      higher level of misdemeanor.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          76-6-206, as last amended by Chapter 225, Laws of Utah 2001
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 76-6-206 is amended to read:
             26           76-6-206. Criminal trespass.
             27          (1) [For purposes of] As used in this section, "enter" means intrusion of the entire

             28      body.
             29          (2) A person is guilty of criminal trespass if, under circumstances not amounting to
             30      burglary as defined in Section 76-6-202 , 76-6-203 , or 76-6-204 or a violation of Section
             31      76-10-2402 regarding commercial terrorism:
             32          (a) he enters or remains unlawfully on property and:
             33          (i) intends to cause annoyance or injury to any person or damage to any property,
             34      including the use of graffiti as defined in Section 76-6-107 ;
             35          (ii) intends to commit any crime, other than theft or a felony; or
             36          (iii) is reckless as to whether his presence will cause fear for the safety of another;
             37          (b) knowing his entry or presence is unlawful, he enters or remains on property as to
             38      which notice against entering is given by:
             39          (i) personal communication to the actor by the owner or someone with apparent
             40      authority to act for the owner;
             41          (ii) fencing or other enclosure obviously designed to exclude intruders; or
             42          (iii) posting of signs reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders; or
             43          (c) he enters a condominium unit in violation of Subsection 57-8-7 (7).
             44          (3) (a) A violation of Subsection (2)(a) or (b) is a class [C] B misdemeanor unless it
             45      was committed in a dwelling, in which event it is a class [B] A misdemeanor.
             46          (b) A violation of Subsection (2)[(b)](c) is an infraction.
             47          (4) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that [the]:
             48          (a) the property was open to the public when the actor entered or remained; and
             49          (b) the actor's conduct did not substantially interfere with the owner's use of the
             50      property.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-28-05 2:06 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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