REFERENCE TITLE: interfering with law enforcement; offense





State of Arizona


Fifty-sixth Legislature

First Regular Session





SB 1047


Introduced by

Senator Kavanagh



An Act


amending section 13-2413, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to crime scene investigations.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1. Section 13-2413, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE13-2413. Interfering with law enforcement; classification; definitions

A. A person commits interfering with a crime scene investigation law enforcement if the person does any of the following:

1. Knowingly disobeys a peace officer's reasonable verbal order to remain off the premises of a possible or an actual crime scene or otherwise interferes with a peace officer's crime scene investigation.

2. Knowingly enters into a crime scene that is closed to the public by placement of a peace officer's barrier, BARRICADE, sign, rope or tape. 

3. Intentionally disobeys a peace officer's reasonable verbal order to remain at least twenty feet away from a dangerous incident.

B. This section does not prevent a person from peaceably observing a police proceeding or dangerous incident if the person does not interfere with or obstruct the peace officer's crime scene investigation actions.

C. Interfering with a crime scene investigation law enforcement is a class 2 misdemeanor.

D. For the purposes of this section:

1. "Crime scene" means an area where a crime has possibly occurred or has occurred and a peace officer who is on-site has determined that it is necessary to restrict the public's access to the area until any potential evidence of the crime at the scene is identified and preserved, any victims and suspects are identified and, if necessary, any emergency medical care and ambulance transportation is requested.

2. "Danger" means either of the following:

(a) An actual or attempted violent act that is committed against a person or property.

(b) The potential for a violent act is imminent based on factors that are associated with violent behavior, including when a peace officer interacts with any of the following:

(i) An actual or suspected violent criminal or criminal incident.

(ii) An agitated person.

(iii) An emotionally disturbed person who is engaging in abnormal behavior, including psychotic, delusional or suicidal behavior.

3. "Dangerous incident" means an OCCURRENCE or location where a peace officer reasonably believes that danger is present or imminent. END_STATUTE