How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Lucy, Esq. Your Own Question
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq., Attorney
Category: Personal Injury Law
Satisfied Customers: 27627
Experience:  JA Mentor
26798026
Type Your Personal Injury Law Question Here...
Lucy, Esq. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

This helped me. I wanted to find a place to read and so I

Customer Question

This helped me. I wanted to find a place to read and so I sat down. At first in a grassy area. Then it occurred to me that might be someone's property so I sat on the sidewalk instead. This man comes out later and makes me leave. He treated me like a hardened criminal. But he was in the wrong? I'm not going to fight it. Don't want to cause more problems but it would be good to know.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Personal Injury Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

My name is ***** ***** I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
It's not wrong if you had been still sitting on his property. Then you'd have been trespassing. But the sidewalks are public property. No one owns the sidewalks, except in some subdivisions where they're owned by the HOA (in which case, the HOA could ask you to leave).
Loitering is a crime in California, but you'd have to have been either looking inside the house, or "wander[ing] upon the private property of another, at any time, without visible or lawful business with the owner or occupant." You were on the public sidewalk, though, so, technically, that's not a crime.

Related Personal Injury Law Questions