Bullhead City, AZ asked in Criminal Law for Arizona

Q: If someone is impeding your movement IE standing in a doorway and will not move after being asked, is it a violation of

IE standing in a doorway and will not move after being asked to move is it a violation of any Arizona state laws to attempt to push them aside? Also after attempting to push them aside is it a violation of the law for them to assault you and place you in a chokehold.

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Mike Branum
Mike Branum
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Saint George, UT
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: While you could potentially be guilty of assault criminally, you could potentially argue you had no choice but to touch the alleged victim in order to facilitate your escape from the situation (provided, of course, it was your only means of egress). Assaulting you and placing you in a chokehold because of your attempt to leave is a more solid charge. Both parties could file civil suits. You would be more likely to have damages based on the facts as alleged but more details would be required to determine if the suit would be worth pursuing.

Unless you have permanent injuries or believe the situation could recur, you should move on with your life and avoid any further contact with the individual in question.

Zachary Divelbiss agrees with this answer

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