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"Revenge Porn" Bill Passed by Arizona Senate Would Make It a Domestic-Violence Crime

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The Arizona Senate approved a bill that would make it a felony to share someone else's nude pictures without his or her permission.

Although the House already approved the bill, it was amended in the Senate to classify the sharing of "revenge porn" as a domestic-violence crime, which essentially makes the penalties even tougher.

See also:
-Arizona Revenge-Porn Bill "Almost Certainly Unconstitutional," UA Law Professor Says

The domestic-violence designation can be added to a number of crimes, and in the words of one local attorney, if you're the defendant, "The domestic violence categorization is something to be avoided whenever possible."

According to a legislative document, multiple convictions of domestic-violence designated crimes can lead to mandatory jail sentences, and other penalties for a domestic-violence conviction can include additional court-mandated treatment programs, more-intense release conditions from jail, and if the person accused of the crime has a child in common with the victim, that can certainly affect custody issues.

That's on top of the basic proposal for outlawing so-called "revenge porn," which would make it either a class-four or class-five felony. As proposed, House Bill 2515 would sharing revenge porn a class-four felony if the person in the photos or videos is recognizable.

Due to the amendment to the bill, the House would have to approve this again before it's transmitted to the governor.

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