Some of these may sound silly, but they are all considered crimes in Arizona.

Twenty-Five Years for Cutting Down a Saguaro CactusSaguaro Cactus with Storm Clouds Overhead - Saguaro National Park Arizona

In general, you have the right to do what you want with your property. However, there is a major restriction in Arizona. If you have a Saguaro cactus on your property, cutting it down is a crime. Landowners are required to notify the Arizona Department of Agriculture. The department will place a permit upon and tag the plant in the instance that you would like to remove it. The same principle applies for cacti that are not located on your property. If you are found to have cut or removed a Saguaro from your property, you can face a felony criminal-damage charge.

Illegal to Manufacture Imitation Cocaine

Obviously, possessing or manufacturing actual cocaine is a crime, but did you know that you could also get in trouble for making fake cocaine? There is an old law in place that could cause you to face criminal charges if you are caught making imitation cocaine.

No Walking Through a Hotel Lobby with Spurs On

If you’ve got spurs on your boots, stay out of hotel lobbies. Although now-a-days, you’re more likely to get in trouble with the fashion police or the hotel staff than with the actual law.

The Red Mask Misdemeanor

Committing a crime can get you arrested. But, if you commit a crime wearing a red mask, then you can face a misdemeanor charge. This crime, like most of the crimes listed, is an arcane law that has somehow remained in place.

Don’t Hunt Camels

In the late 1800’s the U.S. government brought herds of camel to Arizona and Texas to help transport goods. Because of this, it is illegal to hunt camel in Arizona and doing so can get you arrested. However, it’s not too likely that you are going to find any camel roaming along the interstate. If you do find yourself hunting a camel, it’s probably someone else’s property, which is a different situation entirely.

Most people are highly unlikely to even perform any of these crimes and most of them  are only really crimes because the law hasn’t been updated. However, removing or cutting a Saguaro happens much more often than people would think and will still land you in trouble with the law.

If you’ve been arrested for a crime, it’s important to understand your rights. A criminal defense attorney can help you do just that. For a quality criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, contact the Tyler Allen Law Firm today.

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