Interference with Judicial Proceedings

Tucson Interfering With Judicial Proceedings Attorney

Interfering with Judicial Proceedings (“I.J.P.”) is a class 1 misdemeanor, under A.R.S. § 13-2810.  The typical scenario involves an allegation that a person violated a court order relating to a no-contact or no-return provision, an order of protection, or an injunction against harassment.  IJP charges may also be attached to domestic violence charges if there is a domestic relationship between the parties.  Elias Damianakos is an experienced Tucson interfering with judicial proceedings attorney.  These types of charges have many technical requirements, so it is important to consult with an experienced local attorney who handles these types of cases.

A.R.S. § 13-2810Interference with Judicial Proceedings

 A. A person commits interfering with judicial proceedings if such person knowingly:

1. Engages in disorderly, disrespectful or insolent behavior during the session of a court which directly tends to interrupt its proceedings or impairs the respect due to its authority; or

2. Disobeys or resists the lawful order, process or other mandate of a court; or

3. Refuses to be sworn or affirmed as a witness in any court proceeding; or

4. Publishes a false or grossly inaccurate report of a court proceeding; or

5. Refuses to serve as a juror unless exempted by law; or

6. Fails inexcusably to attend a trial at which he has been chosen to serve as a juror.

B. Interfering with judicial proceedings is a class 1 misdemeanor.

Defenses to Interference with Judicial Proceedings

There are several defenses that may be available to person charged with Interference with Judicial Proceedings.  The order must be “lawful”, there must have been “notice” to the defendant, and violation must have been “wilful”.  I have successfully defended people accused of violating court orders, including within the domestic violence context.  If you are facing I.J.P. charges, call us for a free case evaluation.