Prowling is lingering, loitering, or wandering in the property of another without a lawful purpose or for the purpose of committing a crime if the opportunity arose. Prowling is a misdemeanor under California Penal Code section 647(h) and is punishable by up to 180 days in county jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Prowling can also be charged under California Penal Code section 647(i) which is defined as one who loiters, prowls, or wanders upon the private property of another and peeks in the door or window of any inhabited building or structure. This crime is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 180 days in county jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Prowling is a defensible charge that can sometimes be resolved with a dismissal or an infraction. If you or someone you know is charged with Prowling in Los Angeles, call one of our skilled criminal defense attorneys to schedule a confidential consultation to learn about your legal options