Dumb And Outdated Arizona Laws

464997291Arizona will be the focus of this post on outdated and dumb state laws. Many of the most ridiculous laws on the books in this state appear to be attempts to govern private behavior. Others simply don’t seem to make any logical sense at all. The following article details some of the stand-out ones among stupid state laws.

Although summer temperatures in Arizona can top 120 degrees Fahrenheit, it might seem unlikely anyone could get in trouble for refusing another person a glass of water. This refusal is unlawful and can result in a fine. The desert state might seem an unlikely place to find camels, but they do roam free after a failed US Army experiment. Hunting them is prohibited by law.

Probably the most outdated dumb law is in effect in Maricopa County, Ariz. It states that no more than six women can live in the same house. Otherwise the house would be considered a house of prostitution. Another nonsensical law dictating private behavior outlaws more than two dildos kept in the same residence. In Mojave County, any person apprehended stealing soap is required to wash him- or herself with it until it’s all gone. Rather unbelievably, women are prohibited from wearing pants in the city of Tucson.

In the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, no one under the age of 18 is allowed to buy spray paint, though some may agree with this attempt to curb spray-painted graffiti on walls. Another law that many state residents find acceptable is the prohibition of cutting down saguaro cacti, which are treasured symbols of Arizona statehood. Another wildlife related law prohibits donkeys from sleeping in bathtubs, though it seems rather absurd there would be enough of a need for this law to be passed.

While crime doesn’t pay in the first place, it’s inadvisable to commit any misdemeanor crime in the state of Arizona while wearing a red ski mask. Doing so will automatically have the crime in question upgraded in severity to a felony. If any person is attacked by a mugger in Arizona, he or she is allowed self-defense only with the same weapon the mugger has. Follow us for more on law, crime and legalities.

What Are My Rights For Arizona DUI Checkpoints?

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If you have a habit of driving while intoxicated, then you have a reason to fear DUI checkpoints. However, law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear. DUI checkpoints are usually mounted and manned by local police departments to ensure Arizona roads are free of criminals and drunk drivers. While they may be important in law enforcement, we know that innocent civilians may be arrested by mistake. When approaching an Arizona DUI checkpoint, you should know your constitutional rights. However, you should also remember that the police also have certain rights which must be respected. The Judge’s Chamber: Law Blog takes a look at some of your rights.

Your Constitutional Rights

One of the most important constitutional rights, is the right to privacy. However, you also have the duty to provide the police with your license, registration, ID and proof of residence. Whether you’re driving while intoxicated or not, you do not need to take a breath test or field sobriety tests. In Arizona, however, your driving license may be suspended for a year if you refuse to take a breath test when requested.
You also have the right to deny the police permission to search you or your vehicle. Remember to be civil and polite when communicating with the police. If police have any reason to suspect you are intoxicated, you may be arrested and taken to the police department where they can get a warrant to test your blood alcohol content. You will then be required to comply with the warrant. A certified phlebotomist at the station will take a blood sample for testing. If your blood alcohol content is above the legal limit, you will be charged with DUI.

When you are being placed under arrest, you have the right to be informed of all your rights. Which include:

– The right to remain silent, so you should stop answering questions as soon as you’re arrested
– The right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, you should not answer questions about the case until a public attorney is appointed to handle your case

Knowing your rights is important, but knowing your obligations is much more important. After all, refusing to do something you are required to do may result in an additional charge of resisting arrest or something else. Follow us for more on law, crime and legalities.