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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Arizona Internet Stalking And Harassment Laws

Posted By: ZiLe Ohai - 1:52 PM

Oh my goodness! Tommy Retzlaff left Texas after they passed an online impersonation law. He moved to Arizona but they've made some laws that he violates regularly.


Arizona Stalking And Harassment Laws

13-2916Use of an electronic communication to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass; applicability; classification; definition

A. It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass a specific person or persons, to do any of the following:

  1. Direct any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act to the person in an electronic communication.
  2. Threaten to inflict physical harm to any person or property in any electronic communication.
  3. Otherwise disturb by repeated anonymous, unwanted or unsolicited electronic communications the peace, quiet or right of privacy of the person at the place where the communications were received.
B. Any offense committed by use of an electronic communication as set forth in this section is deemed to have been committed at either the place where the communications originated or at the place where the communications were received.

C. This section does not apply to constitutionally protected speech or activity or to any other activity authorized by law.

D. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

E. For the purposes of this section, "electronic communication" means a wire line, cable, wireless or cellular telephone call, a text message, an instant message or electronic mail.


13-2921Harassment; classification; definition


A. A person commits harassment if, with intent to harass or with knowledge that the person is harassing another person, the person:

  1. Anonymously or otherwise contacts, communicates or causes a communication with another person by verbal, electronic, mechanical, telegraphic, telephonic or written means in a manner that harasses.
  2. Continues to follow another person in or about a public place for no legitimate purpose after being asked to desist.
  3. Repeatedly commits an act or acts that harass another person.
  4. Surveils or causes another person to surveil a person for no legitimate purpose.
  5. On more than one occasion makes a false report to a law enforcement, credit or social service agency.
  6. Interferes with the delivery of any public or regulated utility to a person.
B. A person commits harassment against a public officer or employee if the person, with intent to harass, files a nonconsensual lien against any public officer or employee that is not accompanied by an order or a judgment from a court of competent jurisdiction authorizing the filing of the lien or is not issued by a governmental entity or political subdivision or agency pursuant to its statutory authority, a validly licensed utility or water delivery company, a mechanics' lien claimant or an entity created under covenants, conditions, restrictions or declarations affecting real property.

C. Harassment under subsection A is a class 1 misdemeanor. Harassment under subsection B is a class 5 felony.

D. This section does not apply to an otherwise lawful demonstration, assembly or picketing.

E. For the purposes of this section, "harassment" means conduct that is directed at a specific person and that would cause a reasonable person to be seriously alarmed, annoyed or harassed and the conduct in fact seriously alarms, annoys or harasses the person.



13-2923Stalking; classification; definitions


A. A person commits stalking if the person intentionally or knowingly engages in a course of conduct that is directed toward another person and if that conduct either:

  1. Would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person's safety or the safety of that person's immediate family member and that person in fact fears for the person's safety or the safety of that person's immediate family member.
  2. Would cause a reasonable person to fear death of that person or that person's immediate family member and that person in fact fears death of that person or that person's immediate family member.

B. Stalking under subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section is a class 5 felony. Stalking under subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section is a class 3 felony.

C. For the purposes of this section:

  1. 1. "Course of conduct":
(a) Means any of the following:
(i) Maintaining visual or physical proximity to a specific person or directing verbal, written or other threats, whether express or implied, to a specific person on two or more occasions over a period of time, however short.
(ii) Using any electronic, digital or global positioning system device to surveil a specific person or a specific person's internet or wireless activity continuously for twelve hours or more or on two or more occasions over a period of time, however short, without authorization.
(b) Does not include constitutionally protected activity or other activity authorized by law, the other person, the other person's authorized representative or if the other person is a minor, the minor's parent or guardian.


   2. "Immediate family member" means a spouse, parent, child or sibling or any other person who regularly resides in a person's household or resided in a person's household 

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