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Criminal Jury Instructions  

Criminal Jury Instructions

 

DWELLING

"Dwelling" means a building which is usually occupied by a person lodging therein at night, whether or not a person is actually present. 

Source:  General Statutes § 53a-100 (a) (2) (applies to Part VIII:  Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Arson, Criminal Mischief, §§ 53a-101 -- 53a-117m).

Commentary:  This definition is explicitly incorporated into General Statutes § 53a-19, Self Defense, and § 53a-20, Defense of Premises.  See discussion of the Duty to Retreat in Instruction 2.9-3.

  

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