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If you hide in a store is it breaking in?

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if you stay until after closing, then yes it is considered breaking and entering. At the time the store closes all customers are supposed to be out of the store.

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Only if you "broke" into the store...

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It's some kind of unlawful action, not necessarily breaking-in, but there are others besides that.

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not technically unless you are in there after the store closes

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Were you there after the store closed?

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Well I plan to do it with some friends when I'm older. Going in the store while it's open and hide somewhere till it's closed. Then we come out and get to do whatever we want. But I would've already been in there so... you know I don't know.
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It would certainly be illegal. Not sure if they would define it as "breaking and entering" but you would certainly be arrested if caught. A lot of stores have security systems, such as alarms and cameras so I wouldn't risk it. I personally would hate to have a criminal record over a silly prank.
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Oh.. :( okay. Haha
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"the criminal act of entering a residence or other enclosed property through the slightest amount of force (even pushing open a door), without authorization. If there is intent to commit a crime, this is burglary. If there is no such intent, the breaking and entering alone is probably at least illegal trespass, which is a misdemeanor crime. 2) the criminal charge for the above."

http://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=98

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So... could I go to jail for it?
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Yes it is

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"the criminal act of entering a residence or other enclosed property through the slightest amount of force (even pushing open a door), without authorization. If there is intent to commit a crime, this is burglary. If there is no such intent, the breaking and entering alone is probably at least illegal trespass, which is a misdemeanor crime. 2) the criminal charge for the above."

http://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=98

It is certainly illegal, but is it breaking and entering? Not sure. According to that definition, you would have to enter by force. If you stay after closing, would the courts see it as entering by force?
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You need to know this for what reason? Appears someone is looking to get 3 hots and a cot:-)

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Just wondering. Haha
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It doesn't help to post it on the internet...

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Who ever said I was doing it? Maybe I'm just wondering. -_-
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Well it is trespassing. Which you can still be charged for.

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But it's not breaking in right? And could I go to jail?
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No. I don't know about jail. However you will be fined and possibly arrested.
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Now why would someone want to do that? They are homeless? Guess it would be considered breaking in if they were hiding there after the store closed. Not really easy to do since the clerks are very careful and watch everything.

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It is illegal as trespassing. You had a willful intent to conceal yourself in a business after business hours.
Unless you have a valid excuse for being there the owner may press charges.

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You're an idiot for wanting to do that. Read one of your comments from somebody's answers. Grow up.

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No but they can still charge you for trespassing.

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It sure isn't legal.
I suggest a new group of friends and a new definition of excitement for you.
Hang at the beach, have a slumber party for the gals, etc,..you need to occupy yourself wholesomely rather than asking questions about what will land you in jail or not honey!
That is NOT the kind of attention you want.

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Yes it is, by hiding you have committed a crime and if you eat or take anything you will be charged with theft. Stores have very sophisticated security detection so you run a high risk of getting caught.

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What do you mean? Like hiding in the dressing room & comming out after the store closes for the night? ..I am pretty sure you can get in trouble, but I'm not sure

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Breaking and entering requires some sort of forceful entry, so that's not the crime. However, the crime would be criminal trespass, unlawful entry, and if you commit a crime while in the store (stealing something), burglary.

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