Laws

Laws change.

Courts define the words in statutes when a person brings a case. Also, the legislature can change the words in statutes. You will see, "last updated date" on the top of a law, if the law hasn't been updated for a while on this site, check the Arizona Revised Statutes, to find out what the current law says.

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2167 into law, making it illegal to sell, possess or use synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as "K2" or "Spice." A.R.S. § 13-3401 and A.R.S. § 36-2512 were changed based upon this approved bill.

 
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In 2011, the Arizona Legislature DID NOT PASS SB 1538, a bill that makes it a traffic violation with possible fines and penalties if a person is texting while driving. Learn more about SB 1538, by going to the Arizona legislature's website.

The LawForKids.org "Debate it!" legislature would have passed this bill.

However beware that simply because something is not prohibited under Arizona state law, it may still be illegal under the local law of a particular city or county. For example, the City of Phoenix has a law making it illegal to send text messages while driving: Phoenix City Code 36-76.01. Tucson also has a law prohibiting texting while driving, Code 20-160. To check your city's laws, visit the city website; most cities either post their codes and ordinances online, or link to a site that houses their laws.

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2167 into law, making it illegal to sell, possess or use synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as "K2" or "Spice." A.R.S. § 13-3401 and A.R.S. § 36-2512 were changed based upon this approved bill.

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If you believe that you are in danger, contact 911.

In Arizona, dating violence falls under the Arizona Revised Statute that covers domestic violence (A.R.S. § 13-3601). The statue applies in situations where the victim and defendant was or is a romantic or sexual relationship. (A.R.S. § 13-3601(6)). The factors used to determine whether the relationship was or is romantic or sexual are:
 (a) type of relationship
 (b) length of relationship
 (c) amount of interaction between the victim and the defendant
 (d) if the relationship is over, the amount of time since the relationship ended

According to A.R.S. § 13-3601(B), A police officer may arrest a person if the officer has probable cause to believe that domestic violence has been committed or if the officer has probable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed the offense (domestic violence)

A police officer can arrest both parties if the police officer has probable cause that both parties independently committed an act of domestic violence. Acts of self defense, as defined in Chapter 4 of Title 13, are not acts of domestic violence.

When an officer responds to a call that domestic violence has been or may be committed, the officer must inform any potential victim in writing of the procedures and resources available to protect the victim. (A.R.S. § 13-3601(J)). These include:
  (1) An order of protection (A.R.S. § 13-3602)
  (2) An injunction (A.R.S. § 25-315)
  (3) An injunction against harassment (A.R.S. § 12-1809)
  (4) The emergency telephone number for the local police agency
  (5) Telephone numbers for emergency services in the local community.

Places to go for Help/Resources
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233
Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence (800) 782-6400 or (602) 279-2900 Open 8:30am-5:00 pm, M-F
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on teen dating violence


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Laws are set to protect kids and adults when dangerous instruments are involved. This applies to driving a car as well as to possession of guns. In Arizona, the law states that kids under the age of 18 are not allowed to carry guns. (A.R.S. § 13-3111). This law also provides some exceptions where kids are allowed to have and use a gun under certain restricted conditions. For example, a kid can carry a gun if he or she is with a parent, grandparent, qualified hunter, safety instructor, or qualified firearms safety instructor as long as there is permission from a parent or guardian. When involved in lawful hunting or shooting events or marksmanship practice, kids between the ages of 14 and 18 are allowed to be in possession of a firearm.(A.R.S. § 13-3111). Because there are many exceptions and details in this statute, you may want to read the law or consult a gun expert or Glossary Link lawyer before actually possessing a firearm.

Deadly Weapons:

Arizona Law (A.R.S. § 13-3101) says that a Deadly weapon is anything that is designed for lethal use, including a firearm.

It is against Arizona law to carry a firearm or any deadly weapon on a school campus. (A.R.S. § 13-3102 (12))

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