Harassment and Stalking Crimes in AZ


HARRASSMENT AND STALKING Crimes Castillo Law Phoenix AZIf you are arrested and/or charged with one of the following please contact us as soon as possible as you will need a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your rights. Ms. Castillo is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist whom has successfully defended countless people accused of the following crimes. Our Managing Attorney Jonathan Goebel is a former Deputy County Attorney whom prosecuted Harassment and Stalking Crimes for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. His inside knowledge can be the key to success in your case.

Various Harassment and Stalking Crimes in AZ:

Harassment (ARS § 13-2921):

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Harassment under subsection A is a class 1 misdemeanor. Harassment under subsection B is a class 5 felony.
  4. This section does not apply to an otherwise lawful demonstration, assembly or picketing.
  5. 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.

This offense can be punishable by jail and/or prison time depending on the person’s criminal history and circumstances of the case.

Aggravated harassment (ARS § 13-2921.01):

  1. A person commits aggravated harassment if the person commits harassment as provided in section 13-2921 and any of the following applies:
    1. A court has issued an order of protection or an injunction against harassment against the person and in favor of the victim of harassment and the order or injunction has been served and is still valid.
    2. The person has previously been convicted of an offense included in section 13-3601 (“domestic violence offenses”).
  2. The victim of any previous offense shall be the same as in the present offense.
  3. A person who violates subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section is guilty of a class 6 felony. A person who commits a second or subsequent violation of subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section is guilty of a class 5 felony. A person who violates subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section is guilty of a class 5 felony.
  4. For the purposes of this section, “convicted” means a person who was convicted of an offense included in section 13-3601 or who was adjudicated delinquent for conduct that would constitute a historical prior felony conviction if the juvenile had been tried as an adult for an offense included in section 13-3601.

This offense can be punishable by jail and/or prison time depending on the person’s criminal history and circumstances of the case.

Stalking (ARS § 13-2923):

  1. 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 their 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.
  2. Stalking under subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section is a class 5 felony. Stalking under subsection A, paragraph 2 is a class 3 felony.
  3. For the purposes of this section:
    1. “Course of conduct” means 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, but does not include constitutionally protected activity.
    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 within the past six months.

This offense can be punishable by jail and/or prison time depending on the person’s criminal history and circumstances of the case.

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