What on Earth is Obstruction of a Thoroughfare????
Is the first time you ever heard the word “thoroughfare” when a Tempe Police officer wrote you a ticket for it on Mill Ave? If you are nodding your head, you aren’t alone. I didn’t even know this was a charge until I started practicing in Tempe. I knew jaywalking was illegal, but had no clue that people actually got cited for it. As a criminal defense lawyer, I have represented people for all types of charges, including dui, drug offenses, sex offenses, theft, etc. Only in Arizona would someone really receive a criminal charge for jaywalking.
Sometimes I ask myself what king of planet Arizona lawmakers live on. Is it really necessary to have someone who simply crosses the street outside of a crosswalk to have a criminal record? On a job application, now they must tell their potential employer that they have been convicted of a crime, really?
While running the risk of not sounding like a person who spent three years of law school combing through books, reading thousands of pages written by supreme court justices over the past three decades, I can only use one word to describe obstruction of a thoroughfare, “STUPID.” I’m sorry if this offends you, but this is the only word that can adequately describe this “crime.”
I Can Help Get this Charge Dismissed
If there is any silver lining to this charge, I have represented countless clients in Tempe and have found effective ways of getting charges dismissed. Don’t preclude yourself from receiving the internship or job of your dreams for not crossing Mill Avenue properly, call my office to see how we can help get your charge dismissed, 602-960-1731.