State v. Williams, 247 N.C. App. 239 (Apr. 19, 2016)

The evidence was sufficient to support the defendant’s conviction of unlawfully entering property operated as a domestic violence safe house by one subject to a protective order in violation of G.S. 50B-4.1(g1). The evidence showed that the defendant drove his vehicle to shelter, parked his car in the lot and walked to the front door of the building. He attempted to open the door by pulling on the door handle, only to discover that it was locked. The court rejected the defendant’s argument that the State was required to prove that he actually entered the shelter building. The statute in question uses the term “property,” an undefined statutory term. However by its plain meaning, this term is not limited to buildings or other structures but also encompasses the land itself.