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Arizona

This page lists the most applicable state crimes addressing stalking. However, depending on the facts of the case, a stalker might also be charged with other crimes, such as trespassing, intimidation of a witness, breaking and entering, etc. Check your state code or consult with your local prosecutor about other charges that might apply in a particular case.

Stalking

Harassment

Related Offenses


Stalking

A.R.S. § 13-2923. Stalking; classification; definitions. (2012)
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 is a class 3 felony.

C. For the purposes of this section:

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 12 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 within the past six months.

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Harassment

A.R.S. § 13-2921. Harassment; classification; definition. (2008)
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.

A.R.S. § 13-2921.01. Aggravated harassment; classification; definition. (2004)
A. 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.

B. The victim of any previous offense shall be the same as in the present offense. A person who violates subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section is guilty of a Class 6 felony.

C. 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.

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.

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Related Offenses

A.R.S. § 13-3019. Surreptitious photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording or viewing; exemptions; classification; definitions. (2006)
A. It is unlawful for any person to knowingly photograph, videotape, film, digitally record or by any other means secretly view, with or without a device, another person without that person's consent under either of the following circumstances:

1.In a restroom, bathroom, locker room, bedroom or other location where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and the person is urinating, defecating, dressing, undressing, nude or involved in sexual intercourse or sexual contact.

2. In a manner that directly or indirectly captures or allows the viewing of the person's genitalia, buttock or female breast, whether clothed or unclothed, that is not otherwise visible to the public.

B. It is unlawful to disclose, display, distribute or publish a photograph, videotape, film or digital recording made in violation of subsection A of this section without the consent or knowledge of the person depicted.

C. This section does not apply to:

1. Photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording for security purposes if notice of the use of photographing, videotaping, filming or digital recording equipment is clearly posted in the location and the location is one in which the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

2. Photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording by correctional officials for security reasons or in connection with the investigation of alleged misconduct of persons on the premises of a jail or prison.

3. Photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording by law enforcement officers pursuant to an investigation, which is otherwise lawful.

4. The use of a child monitoring device as defined in section 13-3001.

D. A violation of subsection A or B of this section is a class 5 felony.

E. Notwithstanding subsection D of this section, a violation of subsection A or B of this section that does not involve the use of a device is a class 6 felony, except that a second or subsequent violation of subsection A or B of this section that does not involve the use of a device is a class 5 felony.

F. Notwithstanding subsection D of this section, a violation of subsection B of this section is a class 4 felony if the person depicted is recognizable.

G. For the purposes of this section, "sexual contact" and "sexual intercourse" have the same meanings prescribed in section 13-1401.

A.R.S § 41-163. Filing and certification of applications; authorization cards (2011)
A. Beginning no later than December 31, 2012, on the recommendation of an application assistant, an individual may apply to the secretary of state to participate in the address confidentiality program. The following individuals may apply to the secretary of state to have an address designated by the secretary of state to serve as the substitute address of the individual and any individuals identified pursuant to subsection C, paragraph 10:

1. An adult individual

2. A parent or guardian acting on behalf of a minor if the minor resides with the individual.

3. A guardian acting on behalf of an incapacitated individual.

B. An application assistant shall assist the individual in the preparation of the application. The application shall be dated, signed and verified by the applicant and shall be signed and dated by the application assistant who assisted in the preparation of the application. The signature of the application assistant serves as the recommendation by the application assistant that the applicant have an address designated by the secretary of state to serve as the substitute address of the applicant. A minor or incapacitated individual on whose behalf a parent or guardian completes an application pursuant to the authority set forth in subsection A, paragraph 1 or 2 is considered the applicant, but any statements that are required to be made by the applicant shall be made by the parent or guardian acting on behalf of the minor or incapacitated individual. 

C. The application shall be on a form prescribed by the secretary of state and shall contain all of the following:

1. The applicant's name.

2. A statement by the applicant that the applicant is a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense or stalking and that the applicant fears for the applicant's safety.

3. Evidence that the applicant is a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense or stalking. This evidence shall include at least one of the following:

(a) Law enforcement, court or other state or local government entity or federal agency records or files.

(b) Documentation from a domestic violence program or facility, including a battered women's shelter or safe house, if the applicant is alleged to be a victim of domestic violence.

(c) Documentation from a sexual assault program if the applicant is alleged to be a victim of a sexual offense.

(d) Documentation from a religious, medical or other professional from whom the applicant has sought assistance in dealing with the alleged domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking.

4. A statement by the applicant that disclosure of the applicant's actual address would endanger the applicant's safety.

5. A statement by the applicant that the applicant has confidentially relocated in the past ninety days or will confidentially relocate in this state.

6. A designation of the secretary of state as an agent for the applicant for purposes of receiving certain mail.

7. The mailing address and telephone number where the applicant can be contacted by the secretary of state.

8. The actual address that the applicant requests not to be disclosed by the secretary of state and that directly relates to the increased risk of domestic violence, a sexual offense or stalking.

9. A statement as to whether there is any existing court order or court action involving the applicant or an individual identified pursuant to paragraph 10 of this subsection related to dissolution of marriage proceedings, child support or the allocation of parental responsibilities or parenting time. The statement shall include the name of the court that issued the order or that has jurisdiction over the action, the case number and the judge assigned to the case.

10. The name of any person who resides with the applicant and who also needs to be a program participant in order to ensure the safety of the applicant and, if the person named in the application is eighteen years of age or older, the consent of the person to be a program participant/

11. A statement by the applicant, under penalty of perjury, that to the best of the applicant's knowledge, the information contained in the application is true.

D. On determining that an application is properly completed, the secretary of state shall certify the applicant and any individual who is identified pursuant to subsection C, paragraph 10 as program participants. On certification, the secretary of state shall issue to the program participant an address confidentiality program authorization card, which shall include the program participant's substitute address. The card remains valid while the program participant remains certified under the program.

E. Applicants and individuals identified pursuant to subsection C, paragraph 10 are certified for four years following the date of filing unless the certification is withdrawn or canceled before the end of the four-year period. A program participant may withdraw the certification by filing a request for withdrawal acknowledged before a notary public. A certification may be renewed by filing a renewal application with the secretary of state at least thirty days before the expiration of the current certification. The renewal application shall be dated, signed and verified by the applicant and signed and dated by the application assistant who assisted in the preparation of the renewal application. The renewal application shall contain:

1. Any statement or information that is required by subsection C and that has changed from the original application or a prior renewal application.

2. A statement by the applicant, under penalty of perjury, that to the best of the applicant's knowledge, the information contained in the renewal application and a prior application is true.

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