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Legal Statutes: Arizona

UPDATED September 15, 2017

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Chapter 29. Offenses Against Public Order

back to top§ 13-2916. Use of telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend; classification

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.
Added as § 13-895 by Laws 1966, Ch. 40, § 1. Renumbered as § 13-2916 by Laws 1977, Ch. 142, § 92, eff. Oct. 1, 1978. Amended by Laws 1978, Ch. 201, § 178, eff. Oct. 1, 1978; Laws 1998, Ch. 289, § 10; Laws 2012, Ch. 359, § 1.