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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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Applies to any "motorized vehicle that is self-propelled by a motor or engine," whether it be gas or electric, and can reach the speed of up to 50 mph, are banned on any kind of public land - that includes parks and alleys - and can only be used on private property with the written consent of the owner… according to the ordinance

 

Those who violate the rules will be subject to a traffic Glossary Link citation, just as drivers who speed or fail to yield at a stoplight are. And parents whose children are cited are just as liable - even if they didn't know their kids were using the skateboards in an inappropriate manner, or place.

 

See also: MOTORIZED SKATEBOARDS for more information about motorized skateboards.

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Being a teen isn’t easy. You sometimes find yourself looking for ways to fit in or to impress your friends. You may even find yourself breaking the law just to be part of action. Before you do something you may regret, there is something you need to know.

Lawmakers and voters feel that too many crimes are being committed by juveniles, victimizing too many innocent people. Because of this, the law in Arizona has changed to severely punish violent youthful offenders.

Kids might think juvenile court is a joke. A slap on the wrist and you’re out the door. Wrong! The punishment for juveniles in Arizona just got a lot tougher.

  • Did you know that if you are 15, 16 or 17 years old, you are required to be tried as an Glossary Link ADULT if: you commit a specified violent crime (including murder, armed robbery, forcible sexual assault, or aggravated assault), or you are arrested for your third felony (which is any felony after being adjudicated on two prior felonies)?
  • Did you know that some juvenile records are not confidential?
  • Did you know that your parents must come to court with you?
  • Did you know that your first driving under the influence conviction means 24 hours in detention and losing your driver’s license?
  • Did you know that a conviction for graffiti results in a driver’s license suspension?
  • Did you know that the destruction of juvenile records is not automatic?

Recent History of Juvenile Justice Reform
The Juvenile Justice Reform Act (or Senate Bill 1446)- was passed by the Arizona State Legislature to implement Proposition 102, which was passed by the voters in November of 1996.
This law became effective on July 21, 1997.

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Effective September 1, 2001 New Arizona Blood Alcohol Content limit -- the legal limit for alcohol in your system (blood alcohol content) to be considered Driving Under the Influence ( Glossary Link DUI) has just been lowered from .10 to .08 in Arizona. Although it is illegal for you to drink if you are not 21 years of age, this new law lowers the threshold for being legally drunk while driving. There are very serious consequences to drinking and driving...

Effective July 18, 2000 New Graduated Drivers License Law. Read More in the LFK driving laws section...

Effective Immediately New “School Threats” Law

Under Arizona Revised Statute 13-2911, there are very specific penalties for any person who commits “interference or disruption” to an educational institution.

You will notice that we have defined specific words or phrases in the glossary at the bottom of the page. We did this to help you understand how these words are defined because the law is applied under these specific definitions. To locate the full text of this law, go to ARS 13-2911 (external link).

A person commits interference with or disruption of an educational institution by doing any of the following:

1. Threatening to cause physical injury to any employee of or any person attending an educational institution.

2. Threatening to cause damage to any educational institution, property of any educational institution, or property of any person attending an educational institution.

3. Knowingly goes onto or remains on the property of an educational institution for the purpose of interfering with or disrupting the lawful use of the property, or in any manner that interferes with the lawful use of the property by others.

4. Knowingly refuses to obey a lawful order to leave the property by a school official, officer or employee of an educational institutional.

A person found to be in violation of this law as described in paragraphs 1 or 2 above may be charged with a Class 6 Felony. It does not matter if the above actions were not directed to any specific individual, educational institution or property of an educational institutional. A person found to be in violation of this law as described in paragraphs 3 or 4 as described above may be charged with a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Expulsion
In addition to the existing reasons for expulsion, a school district or charter school is now required to expel from school for at least one year, a pupil who is determined to have violated any section of this statute. A school district or charter school may modify the expulsion requirement on a case by case basis if the pupil participates in a mediation, community service, restitution or other programs in which the pupil takes responsibility for the results of the threat. A parent or guardian may also be required to participate in mediation, community service, restitution or other programs in which the parent or guardian takes responsibility with the pupil for the threat. A school district may also reassign a pupil to an alternative education program.  ARS 15-841

Glossary

ARS: Arizona Revised Statutes is the way in which our laws are organized. Every state law is organized under a specific title. For instance, ARS 13-2911 means that you can find this law under the title 13 which relates to the criminal laws of our state.

Educational institution: Any university, college, community college, high school, middle and elementary school in this state.

Interference with or disruption of: Causing an employee of an educational institution to take action to protect the institution or the employees, students or property.