Interfering with Judicial Proceedings
In Arizona, interfering with judicial proceedings is a class 1 misdemeanor, the more severe class of misdemeanors. Offenders can face up to six months of imprisonment.
Per A.R.S. 13-2810, interfering with judicial proceedings occurs when a person:
- Engages in disorderly, disrespectful or insolent behavior during a court session, directly resulting in the interruption of its proceedings or the disrespect of court authority.
- Disobeys or resists a court order, process, or mandate.
- Refuses to be sworn or affirmed as a witness in a court proceeding.
- Publishes a false or grossly inaccurate report of a court proceeding.
- Refuses to serve as a juror (unless exempted by law).
- Is selected to serve as a juror for a trial and inexcusably fails to attend.
Although tampering with evidence can affect judicial proceedings, it is actually not charged under this statute. Instead, tampering with evidence is a class 6 felony, as it is a more serious interference.
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